Romania to buy additional F-16s
- March 16, 2019
Romania will purchase additional 36 F-16 fighter jets to replace its ageing MiG-21 Lancer fighter aircraft.
The National Defence Minister Gabriel Les announced that the Fortele Aeriene ale Romaniei (Romanian Air Force) started the procedure for acquiring more F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft to replace the last MiG-21 Lancer aircraft. It is reported that the air force expressed a need for 36 F-16 Fighting Falcons.
The Forţele Aeriene Romane (Romanian Air Force, RoAF) already operates 12 F-16 Block 15 Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) fighter jets – nine F-16AM single-seaters and three F-16BM two-seaters – acquired second-hand from Portugal. The “new” aircraft entered the 53rd Fighter Squadron based at the 86th Borcea Air Force Base between 2016 and 2017 as part of a long-postponed modernization process of RoAF’s combat aircraft. The nation’s plan is to form 3 multi-role combat squadrons consisting of 16 F-16 aircraft each.