BUCHAREST, (BM) – The Ministry of National Defense of Romania has signed approval to purchase Naval Strike Missile (NSM) anti-ship missile systems for its armed forces under the FMS procedure, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defence24. The agreement will enable the implementation of the “Mobile anti-ship missile launcher system” program.
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The purchased system is to be “designed to protect coastal and coastal areas against threats posed by surface vessels, with the possibility of cooperation with own and allied ships, aircraft and equipment, using the data provided by them and vice versa.” This will ensure “Surface Combat Capability.” The entire contract is to be completed by the end of 2024, and its implementation will begin this year.
According to the Ministry of Defense, by achieving this capability, the Romanian naval force will have a new, modern, tested, operational. Interoperable mobile anti-ship missile launcher system within NATO, adapted to current missions, along with training in the combat use of the system and constant updating of the Base SIML-specific data, which is “a necessary need to be met as soon as possible.”
In total, it plans to purchase two fire control panels, four mobile rocket launchers on Oshkosh vehicles, ten multi-functional MIDS-JTRS communication systems with Link 16 system, Inert Handling / Loading Missile (IHM) system, logistics, and training package plus the unspecified number and auxiliary vehicles. Everything is within limits set by the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) sales consent granted by the US Department of State in October 2020. All this means that the delivered equipment will be according to the American specification. The contract will be implemented together with Kongsberg by the American company Raytheon, which cooperates with Norwegians in the USA.
The NSM will replace the Soviet 4K51 Rubież system in the Romanian navy, which Romanians also have four launchers. For comparison, the Polish Naval Missile Unit has 12 quadruple launchers (two squadrons with six launchers each).
It is also worth adding that in recent weeks, elements of the Polish MJR have been practicing coastal defense in Romania, which allowed allied soldiers to get acquainted with this advanced weapon and the specificity of its use.
The manufacturer will implement the Romanian contract in 2021-2024, and the “Mobile anti-ship missile launcher system” will be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2024. The whole is to cost about USD 286 million-plus VAT.
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