Romania to Get 300 AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II Missiles for its F-16 Fleet

The country has requested to buy 300 AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles
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Romania to Get 300 AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II Missiles for its F-16 Fleet
AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II launch from F-16

The United States State Department granted approval on May 14 for a potential sale of AIM-9X air-to-air missiles and related equipment to Romania, with the transaction valued at $341 million.

This approval came following Romania's request to acquire 300 AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II tactical missiles from Washington. RTX Corporation, a U.S. military manufacturer, will act as the primary contractor for this sale, according to a statement by the Department of Defense.

The proposed sale is intended to enhance Romania's capability to address current and future threats by equipping its F-16 fleet with advanced air-to-air missiles. This move aligns with NATO's defense mission, supporting Romania's role within the alliance.

Prior to this announcement, the U.S. Embassy in Romania disclosed on May 10 that the United States had approved the sale of AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II missiles to Romania. This earlier statement highlighted the advanced air-to-air capabilities these missiles would provide for Romania’s F-16 aircraft, valuing the missiles at approximately $70 million.

The overall deal underscores the strategic military cooperation between the United States and Romania, aiming to bolster NATO's collective defense posture in the region.

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