May 14, 2014 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Romania was officially welcomed into the Lockheed Martin F-16 family at a reception preceding the Black Sea Defense Aerospace tradeshow in Bucharest. The Romanian Air Force is the 28th customer of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Romania was officially welcomed into the F-16 operator family at a reception preceding the Black Sea Defense Aerospace tradeshow in Bucharest on May 13th, 2014. Romania signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with the US Government in December of 2013 which provides programmatic support to a US-approved third party transfer of F-16 aircraft from Portugal to Romania. That agreement calls for the delivery of twelve F-16 block 15 midlife upgrade aircraft to Romania beginning in 2016. [Artist concept by Chuck Jacobson]
Romania signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with the U.S. Government in December 2013 which provides programmatic support to a U.S.-approved third party transfer of F-16 aircraft from Portugal
to Romania. That agreement delivers 12 F-16 block 20
Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU
) aircraft to Romania beginning in 2016. Lockheed Martin will design, integrate and support the installation of updated F-16 software.
Romania purchased the 12 F-16AM/BM fighters to replace part of its fleet of Russian built MiG-21 Lancer fighter aircraft and thus bring its air force up to NATO
To prepare for the transition from the MiG-21 to the F-16., the first six Romanian pilots have been sent to San Antonio, Texas, for centrifuge training.
Worldwide, more than 4,540 F-16 aircraft have been delivered to date, and production is expected to continue through 2017.
Romanian President of the National Liberal Party, Crin Antonescu, paid a visit on Monday to the headquarters of Lockheed Martin in Washington DC, on which occasion he met Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel, the Vice Chairman of the Washington International Business Development, and also with the directors of military programmes developed by this company, according to a release on Tuesday.