The Romanian Air Force has received a batch of six Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft on Wednesday. The jets were handed over at Monte Real Air Force Base Nº5 in Portugal.
The F-16s, which formerly belonged to the Portuguese Air Force, are due to be flown to Romania on September 29 where they will be assigned to the 86th Air Base at Borcea, which is currently home to MiG- 21 LanceR jets.
Romania initially purchased 12 F-16s from Portugal for EUR181 million (USD203 million) in September 2013. These include nine F-16AM single-seaters and three F-16BM two-seaters. Third-party transfer authorization was approved by the US government.
Three more F-16s are expected to be delivered by December, while the final three will be delivered in October 2017.
The deal also included overhaul of engines; initial logistics support; training of up to nine pilots, 75 technicians, and four mission planers; two years of on-site support; and updating the fleet to operational flight program (OFP) development software M5.2R standard, with support from Lockheed Martin.
The Romanian Air Force currently operates modernized MiG- 21 LanceRs.