Romania buys F-16 aircraft from Norway

The government of Romania has approved the purchase of 32 F-16 military aircraft produced by U.S.-based Lockheed Martin, which are expected to remain operational for a minimum of 10 years. These are combat aircraft that Norway will sell to Bucharest for an amount of around 454 million euros. The talks to work out the details will start soon.

Maj. Phillip Stein readies his F-16C Fighting Falcon for flight prior to a training mission Dec. 17, 2014, at Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J. Stein is an F-16 pilot with the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)

“According to the bill, the Romanian government will award the contract to the government of the Kingdom of Norway for the acquisition of 32 F-16 aircraft, with attached initial logistical support and a complementary package of goods and services (provided by the US government)”, the Romanian Defense Ministry, led by Vasile Dîncu, said in a note.