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Romania announces new submarine programme

20 February 2018

The Romanian Navy is considering a new submarine programme under the strategic procurement plan, the country's defence minister has revealed.

Mihai Fifor told a press conference on 20 February: "Naval forces specialists are discussing what kind of submarine we need to have. Once the technical analysis is ready, the steps are as follows: as with any other major acquisition programme, we will seek the approval of the National Supreme Defence Council and we will also ask parliament to approve this programme."

Asked for details, Fifor said: "There is a request from the Romanian naval forces for three submarines. This is a medium- to long-term programme.

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