Based on a request from the Ministry of Nationwide Protection addressed to the Parliament, Romanian Air Pressure (RoAF) will buy 32 F-16 fighter jets from Norway for 454 million euros, with 354 million euros for the plane and 100 million euros for logistical help and particular modernization tools from the US authorities. Norway is shedding its F-16 fleet because it continues work on transitioning to the F-35. It has to this point taken supply of 34 of the fighter jets, with the most recent batch arriving in Norway on December 9. Earlier this month, Norwegian protection ministry revealed it had reached an settlement with US adversary air providers supplier Draken Worldwide for the sale of as much as 12 F-16 fighters to the corporate.

With the intention to proceed the gradual provide of F-16 plane from the excess of the Armed Forces of NATO member states, letters of inquiry (RFI) had been despatched in 2019 to the governments of NATO member states outfitted with F-16 plane (Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Greece) on the supply to switch 16-32 F-16 plane. The one answer at present recognized because of the evaluation of the responses obtained to the requests for info is the acquisition by the Authorities of Norway of a bundle consisting of: 32 F-16 plane in M6.5.2 configuration (superior to the configuration of the 17 plane outfitted ), logistics help tools and coaching providers,” says within the Ministry of Nationwide Protection’s request to the Parliament.


Romanian Air Pressure F-16A Block 20 MLU 9 (Picture: Bogdan PANTILIMON/Romanian Air Pressure)

Romanian Air Pressure acquired 5 surplus Lockheed Martin F-16s from Portuguese Air Pressure and can improve the 12 examples of the fighter already in its fleet. The aircrafts that Portugal will promote to Romania will probably be modernized and up to date on the Monte Actual Air Base. Romania acquired the F-16 to exchange its Warsaw Pact-era MiG-21 Fishbed fighters that had been later upgraded by Israel to the Lancer commonplace. Whereas the nation builds up its new stock it’s being supported by NATO, which is flying air policing missions out of Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base close to Constanta on the Black Sea. This Southern Air Policing mission additionally consists of Bulgarian airspace as that nation too begins the method of changing its ageing Warsaw Pact-era MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters with the F-16.

In 2020, the U.S. State Division has made a willpower approving a doable International Navy Sale to the Authorities of Romania of F-16 Modernization and Logistics Help and associated tools for an estimated value of $175.4 million. The F-16s to be upgraded are second-hand plane purchased from Portugal, which had already upgraded them to the Mid-Life Improve (MLU) commonplace. A complete of 17 airframes (14 A-models and three B-models) had been acquired second-hand from Portugal in 2016 and 2020. This batch first originated from the Peace Atlantis II order that Portugal itself positioned with the US within the 1990’s. So this marks the primary time F-16s are bought for a second time to fly for a 3rd nation of their careers.