KONGSBERG Upgrades F-16 Fighter Jets For Romanian Air Force
The Norwegian Defence Materiel Company (NDMA, Forsvarsmateriell) has signed an settlement between Norway and Romania for the supply of 32 Norwegian F-16 fighter jets. Kongsberg Aviation Upkeep Providers (KAMS) has for the final two years been contracted to organize the Norwegian F-16 jets for resale. The contract covers overhaul, preparation and completion. As Norway and Romania now have entered into an settlement, it’s anticipated to see an extension and an growth of the prevailing contract between KONGSBERG and the Norwegian Defence Materials Company. KONGSBERG will present an replace when such an settlement is in place with NDMA. Following the RFI reply obtained in 2020, Romania has since 2021 expressed curiosity in buying the previous Norwegian Air Drive plane as a part of an effort to strengthen the capabilities of the Romanian Air Drive.
“I’m more than happy that we’ve got been capable of finalise this settlement, which is Norway’s largest ever sale of presidency owned army gear. Norwegian F-16s have been among the many greatest maintained of their type, with excessive technical requirements all through. I congratulate the negotiation groups of each international locations for his or her efforts. Via this settlement, our F-16s will proceed to serve one among our NATO-allies for a number of years to come back,” stated Ms. Gro Jære, Director Normal of the Norwegian Defence Materiel Company.
“The settlement signed by the NDMA will assist strengthen the air energy of one among our allies, concurrently it’s going to generate revenues for each Norwegian business and the Norwegian state,” stated Norwegian Minister of Defence, Bjørn Arild Gram.
The ultimate settlement was signed 4 November following months of negotiations and contains 32 plane together with spare elements and help gear, in addition to upkeep and technical coaching providers. Underneath the contract all plane will endure needed upkeep and plane modification to M6.5.2 Romanian configuration with US help previous to supply, at present scheduled for 2023-24. This work will probably be performed by Norwegian business, which additionally will present coaching and different logistical providers that can help the long-term availability of the plane. When promoting the F-16 fleet the NDMA have labored to additionally safe alternatives for Norwegian business. On this specific case, to complement the NDMA sale of plane and gear, Kongsberg Aviation Upkeep Providers has been chosen as a strategic companion, delivering help, upkeep and coaching of Romanian technical personnel.
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