Romania’s commitment to raise its defence budget to the NATO-stipulated target of 2% of GDP has led to the new Romanian government approving on 15 February the procurement of a number of previously requested US-sourced land systems – notably artillery rocket systems – as well as four new multi-function corvettes.
Defence Minister Mihai Fifor told Jane’s that these programmes would “improve Romania’s national and allied defense capability” and stressed that Romania’s commitment to the 2% of GDP target “for the next 10 years is strong”.
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said, “We want those procurement programmes to also strengthen our defence industry based on offset arrangements where possible”.
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