Romania to buy air to air missiles from Raytheon

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China Lake, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2002) — A Tactical “Tomahawk” Block IV cruise missile, conducts a controlled flight test over the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) western test range complex in southern California. During the second such test flight, the missile successfully completed a vertical underwater launch, flew a fully guided 780-mile course, and impacted a designated target structure as planned. The Tactical Tomahawk, the next generation of Tomahawk cruise missile, adds the capability to reprogram the missile while in-flight to strike any of 15 preprogrammed alternate targets, or redirect the missile to any Global Positioning System (GPS) target coordinates. It also will be able to loiter over a target area for some hours, and with its on-board TV camera, will allow the war fighting commanders to assess battle damage of the target, and, if necessary redirect the missile to any other target. Launched from the Navy’s forward-deployed ships and submarines, Tactical Tomahawk will provide a greater flexibility to the on-scene commander. Tactical Tomahawk is scheduled to join the fleet in 2004. U.S. Navy photo. (RELEASED)

Romania and nine other countries will buy air to air missile from U.S. defense contractor Raytheon, according to the Pentagon, according to Romania-Insider.com.

Raytheon was awarded a USD 634 million contract for Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles, the Pentagon announced on December 28, reports local News.ro. The contract involves sales to Japan, South Korea, Morocco, Poland, Indonesia, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Bahrain and Qatar.

The U.S. group will also get USD 25.7 million for special instruments and testing equipment that will be delivered to Norway, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, Australia, UK, Poland. Indonesia, Romania, Spain, Turkey and Qatar. The systems will be made in Tucson, Arizona.

Romania has agreed to buy Patriot air defense systems from Raytheon worth up to USD 3.9 billion in the following years, part of the country’s efforts to enhance its defense capacity. Romania made the payment for the first Patriot system at the end of 2017. The country will buy a total of seven Patriot units and the necessary missiles.

 

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