Romania’s Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu said the country is now looking to procure 36 additional F-16 multi-role fighters, taking the eventual total number in service with the Fortele Aeriene ale Romaniei (Romanian Air Force) to 48. According to Tutuianu, paperwork on the order will be completed at the end of the year, the contract placed in 2018 and deliveries expected to be complete in 2022.
However, Tutuianu declined to provide details of whether the aircraft involved will be new, second-hand or a mixture of both. Currently, the Fortele Aeriene ale Romaniei has nine former Forca Aerea Portuguesa (Portuguese Air Force) F-16s on strength with three more set for delivery later in the year. Alexander Mladenov and Krassimir Grozev