The Romanian Ministry of Defense (MoD) informed that the main elements of the first Patriot medium range air-and-missile defense system begun to arrive in the country.
According to the MoD, ‘the equipment and related materials will be transported to the National Training Center for Air Defense "Brigadier General Ion Bungescu" in Capu Midia, Constanța County, where the acceptance testing and reception of the first missile system will take place.‘
The acceptance tests of the system should be completed in the second half of October. Shortly after soldiers from the 74th Patriot Regiment will commence training on how to operate the system manufactured in a specific ‘Romanian’ configuration.
Training of Patriot operators and maintenance personnel should continue through 2021. It will be finalized with the assistance of US military personnel.
The Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for the procurement of the Patriot AMD system was signed on 29 th November 2017. The acquisition is finalized through the HSAM (Sistem de rachete sol-aer cu bătaie mare) programme.
Prior to contract signing the transaction was accepted by the Defense Security Cooperation Agreement and the local, Romanian parliament. The contract has a value of $4,6 billion.
According to DSCA Romania required procurement of seven Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units consisting of: 7 AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, 7 AN/MSQ-132 engagement control stations, 13 antenna mast groups, 28 M903 launching stations, 56 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM (GEM-T) missiles, 168 Patriot Advanced Capabilty-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and 7 Electrical Power Plants (EPP) III.
On 28th May 2018 the Department of Defense contracted Raytheon with a production of the first battery of the Romania Patriot AMD system.
According to the Romanian MoD, ‘by equipping Patriot AMD systems, the Romanian Army will increase its defensive and deterrent capacity, ensuring a better defense of the national airspace, part of the NATO airspace.’