Official: Romania will purchase F-35 fighter jets

By 11-04-2023 May 4th, 2023 No Comments

On Tuesday, April 11th, the meeting of the Supreme National Defense Council (CSAT) was held at Cotroceni Palace, led by the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis. The meeting’s agenda focused mainly on the security situation in the Black Sea region and the implications for Romania.

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During the CSAT meeting, the development of Romania’s military aviation was also analyzed. The achievement of robust, credible, interoperable, flexible and efficient air defense operational capabilities, intended both to fulfill the commitments assumed as a result of NATO and EU membership, as well as to deter a possible aggression, is the essential condition for fulfilling the objectives of the defense policy of Romania.

The spectrum of said defense capabilities will include, among others, enhanced air and anti-missile defense capabilities for self-force protection and advanced and diversified long-range precision fire and strike capabilities.

The process of modernization of the Romanian Air Force will continue with the purchase of the latest generation F-35 aircraft. These aircraft, equipped with a wide range of advanced sensors, the ability to exchange encrypted information in real time with both air platforms and ground-based defense systems, the ability to actually manage the operational picture of the battlefield, as well and with high-precision intelligent munitions, allow achieving and maintaining air superiority, a mandatory condition for ensuring sovereignty in the national airspace and, if necessary, for its defense.

Although no timeline or number of aircraft was given, the F-35s won’t arrive earlier than 2030.