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Romanian Defense Body Backs Used F-16s Plan


The F-16 is manufactured by America's Lockheed Martin.

The F-16 is manufactured by America's Lockheed Martin.

Romania's main military coordinating body has backed a plan to acquire 24 second-hand F-16 fighters -- manufactured by Lockheed Martin -- in order to modernize its air force.

The Supreme Defense Council said in a statement that Romania does not have the financial resources to buy new planes.

The plan is contingent on parliamentary approval.

The economic crisis has complicated Romania's effort to seal a planned multibillion-dollar deal aimed at replacing its aging Soviet-era MiG fighters.

Five aircraft are being considered as part of a purchase estimated at nearly $ 6 billion, including in addition to the F-16s: Boeing F-18s, Dassault Rafales, Gripens from Sweden's SAAB, and EADS Eurofighters.

compiled from Reuters reports
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