Romania to buy air defense, electronic warfare equipment worth 700 million euros

Romanian main defense company says it plans to buy portable air-defense systems and electronic warfare equipment worth more almost 700 million euros.

Romtehnica is seeking to buy between 115 and 231 MANPADS worth a total of about 677 million euros minus VAT, it said in a notice published in Romania’s  public procurement system on Aug. 19.

The move comes as Romania seeks to boost defense spending in response to Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in March said the country needed to increase defense spending to 2.5% of gross domestic product from 2%, following the invasion.

Companies can submit offers by September 28.

Romtehnica also plans separately to buy electronic warfare equipment, according to another notice.

Romtehnica  was founded in 1974 and imports and exports goods on behalf of the defense ministry.

It negotiates and signs contracts on behalf of the ministry related to transfer of technology, logistic support, technical assistance and personnel training.

Romania, which joined NATO in 2004, has said it plans to spend a total of 9.8 billion euro by 2026 to boost its defense capabilities.


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