Romania to acquire five more F-16s from Portugal

Romania to acquire five more F-16s from Portugal 9 December, 2019

The Romanian government outlined the new procurement. Romanian new aircraft will have the same M.5.2R configuration as the Romanian Air Force’s existing inventory of 12 F-16s also sourced from Portugal. Eventually, all 17 fighters will be upgraded to a new standard called M.6.X.

Romania procured its first batch of 12 F-16s from Portugal under a government-to-government deal inked on October the 11th, 2013. The 12 fighters underwent revamps and upgrading to the AM/BM standard by Lockheed Martin prior to delivery, which began on September the 27th, 2016, with the handover of the first six units. This was followed by the delivery of three more on December the 13th, 2016; the final three units arrived in October 2017.

In March 2019 the entire 12-unit fleet was declared to have reached Initial Operational Capability by Defence Minister Gabriel Les at the 86th Air Force Base in Borcea.

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