Romania approved for U.S. rocket system buy

A Romanian request to buy a U.S. artillery rocket system has won approval from the U.S. State Department.
By Richard Tomkins   |   Aug. 21, 2017 at 11:53 AM
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Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A possible sale of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems to Romania through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program has been approved by the State Department.

The package deal, announced Friday by the State Department, includes related support and equipment and is worth an estimated $1.25 billion.

"The proposed sale of the HIMARS system will support Romania's needs for its own self-defense and support NATO defense goals," the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a press release. "The government of Romania intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its armed forces and strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats."

"This will contribute to Romania's military goal of updating its capabilities while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and other NATO allies."

Romamia's shopping list includes 54 HIMARS launchers, 81 guided multiple launch rocket systems, 81 M30A1 alternative warhead, 54 Army tactical missile systems M57 Unitary rockets and 24 Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems.

Fifty-four M1084A1P2 HIMARS resupply vehicles, five medium tactical cargo Vehicles, plus trailers, are also included in the order.

The prime contractors for the sale will be Lockheed Martin, the State Department said.

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