The takeover ceremony of the first battery of the MIM-104 Patriot PAC-3+ medium range air-and-missile defense (AMD) system took place today at the premises of the Capu Midia Surface-to-air Training and Air-to-Surface Shooting Range.
Elements of the first Patriot AMD system began arriving in Romania in late August. They were transported to Capu Midia, where they have undergone maintenance and testing (Romania takes delivery of the Patriot AMD system, 2020-08-20).
Testing period is planned to finish in October. Shortly after the training of personnel from the 74th Patriot Regiment should commence.
In 2021 Romanian Patriot crews will conduct collective training with US assistance. It will cover all major aspects of operating and maintenance of the AMD system, as well as the techniques, tactics and procedures necessary to operate it in the field.
Romania has the intention to procure as many as 7 MIM-104 Patriot PAC-3+ medium range AMD batteries, which will constitute the core of the country’s air defense system.
According to the announcement made by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) in July 2017, the overall Romanian Patriot-based AMD system will constitute: seven AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, seven AN/MSQ-132 engagement control stations, thirteen antenna mast groups, twenty-eight M903 launching stations, fifty-six Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM (GEM-T) missiles, one hundred and sixty-eight Patriot Advanced Capabilty-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles, and seven Electrical Power Plants (EPP) III. Programme’s budget is estimated to reach $3.9 billion.