Romanian Air Force

Romania approves purchase of second-hand F-16s from Norway

The Romanian government has approved the draft law to purchase 32 second-hand Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcons from Norway, with plans to operate the multi-role fighters – which were recently retired from Royal Norwegian Air Force service – for at least ten years

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Romanian MiG-21 fleet gains one-year lease of life as operations resume

After suspending all flight activities with its ageing MiG-21 LanceR B/C fleet on April 15 for safety reasons, the Romanian Air Force has resumed operations with the Cold War-era fighter for a one-year period, after which the type will be withdrawn from service

Romania suspends all MiG-21 LanceR flight operations

The Romanian Air Force has suspended all flight activities with its ageing Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Lancer B/C fleet to improve aviation safety and prevent further attrition events involving the Soviet-era fighter

Romania confirms the intention of purchasing Norway’s F-16s

Via a letter signed by the Romanian parliament on December 20, the acquisition of 32 ex Norwegian F-16 Fighting Falcons was approved

Seymour Johnson F-15s head to Romania and Bulgaria

USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagles from the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Wing, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, arrived at Borcea Air Base, Romania, and Graf Ignatievo AB in Bulgaria on October 18, all in support of operation Castle Forge

Romanian MiG-21 LanceR-C crashes in Dedrad

A Romanian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 LanceR-C fighter-interceptor crashed during a local training mission on April 20

Elbit to upgrade Romanian IAR-99 trainer aircraft

Elbit Systems announced on December 14 that it has been contracted by Romania’s Avioane Craiova to begin the first phase of the upgrade programme for the Romanian Air Force’s IAR-99 Standard trainer aircraft

Romanian F-16 upgrade approved by US

The US State Department announced on November 3 that it has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of upgrade equipment to Romania, which seeks to modernise its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet

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OPERATION Black Shield

This summer, Gian Carlo Vecchi had the chance to visit the Italian Typhoon air policing detachment on Romania’s Black Sea coast and interview Colonel Andrea Fazi, commander of the Task Force Air 4° Stormo.