US set to approve 3.9bn sale of missile systems to Romania
The US Department of State has approved a potential sale of Patriot air defense systems to Romania worth USD 3.9 billion.Source: Tanjug
This was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Sputnik reported.
The US Congress has 30 days to to raise objections to the sale - "though this is unlikely given that Romania is a NATO partner with important geo-strategic access to the Black Sea," AFP reported.
"Romania will use the Patriot missile system to strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats," a statement issued by the agency said, adding:
"The proposed sale will increase the defensive capabilities of the Romanian military to guard against aggression and shield the NATO allies who often train and operate within Romania's borders."
Patriot a mobile air-defense system designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, low-flying cruise missiles and aircraft.