Carpathian Warhawks

F-16 in Romania

F-16, has now adopted quick reaction alert duties and the fleet is working towards full operational capability. Volkert Jan van den Berg, Marinus Dirk Tabak, Jack Bosma and Ton van Schaik visited Borcea-Feteşti air base to find out more

The pilot of F-16AM serial 1608 conducts final checks in the cockpit before departing Borcea-Feteşti. The jet is equipped with a Sniper targeting pod under the engine intake and an inert AIM-9L/M Sidewinder on the wing tip.
All photos Volkert Jan van den Berg, Marinus Dirk Tabak, Jack Bosma and Ton van Schaik unless stated

Following decades of cutbacks, the Forţele Aeriene Române (FAR, Romanian Air Force) began receiving new hardware from 2010. First for renewal was the transport fleet, with seven C-27Js delivered from 2010 to 2015, replacing the An-26s. Then, in October 2013, following lengthy negotiations, the governments of Portugal and Romania signed a contract for the sale of 12 F-16s, which were delivered in 2016-17.

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