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F-16 in zbor

F-16 in zbor

Şedinţa de ieri a CSAT-ului a rezolvat una din problemele majore de dotare ale forţelor armate ale României, lipsa unui avion multirol modern şi performant, prin achiziţionarea de avioane F-16. Partea mai puţin plăcută a acestei afaceri este că acestea avioane vor fi la mâna a doua din stocurile US Air Force. Cum s-a ajuns în această situaţie? În 2006 Ministerul Apărării Naţionale a publicat documentul privind strategia de înzestrare a forţelor armate pentru perioada 2006-2025, ce prevedea printre altele şi achiziţia a 48 de aparate multirol pentru forţele aeriene, pentru care urma să se aloce o sumă 4.5 miliarde de dolari. Rolul acestei achiziţii este de a înlocui bătrânele interceptoare MiG-21 Lancer cărora le expiră resursa de zbor în 2012-2013 şi de a dobândi capabilităţi aeriene moderne la nivelul cerut de alianţa nord-atlantică.

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Romania’s fighter dilemma Răspunde

As part of an ambitious 15 billion euros modernization plan, conceived in 2005, Romania should have replaced by now its aging fighter force with a new modern multipurpose aircraft. However, political difficulties, internal wrangling and the economic crisis of September 2008 have delayed these plans and threaten Romania’s ability to protect its airspace and fulfill its obligations as a NATO member.

The mainstay of the Romanian Air Force for almost forty years has been the Soviet built MiG-21 Fishbed, which has now become hopelessly outdated and needs replacement. A series of upgrades and overhauls in the mid 90’s have allowed the MiG-21 fleet to stay airborne until 2012 and maintain a decent degree of interoperability with other NATO partners. However the life expectancy of these air crafts is now almost over and they offer little military capabilities. Consequently in 2006 the Romanian Ministry of Defense decided to allocate 4.5 billion dollars to buy 48 new multipurpose fighters for the Air Force. The decision to buy these fighters should have been taken in 2008, but for political and economic reasons it has now been deferred most likely until 2010.

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