Ministry of National Defence
Information and Public Relations Directorate
No.260 - 27 September 2016
Romanian Air Force Take Over Officially the First Six F-16 Fighting Falcon Aircraft
The handover/takeover ceremony of the first F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the Portuguese Air Forces to the Romanian Air Forces will take place on Wednesday, September 28, at the Air Base in Monte Real, in the attendance of the Prime Minister António Costa and Defence Minister José Alberto de Azeredo Lopes, on behalf of Portugal and Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc, on behalf of Romania.
The six aircraft upgraded as MLU M5.2 will be operated from the 86th ”Locotenent aviator Gheorghe Mociorniță”, Air Base in Fetești.
The ceremony at Monte Real will be broadcast live on Wednesday, September 28, at 18.00 hrs. (Romanian time) on the official Facebook page of the Ministry of National Defence.
The acquisition was made in compliance with the provisions of Law240/2013. The about 628 Mil. Euros contract, signed by the Government of Romania (represented by the National Company Romtehnica S.A.) and the Government of Portugal, came into force on September 30, 2013. The next three aircraft will be delivered at the end of this year, with the last ones to arrive at the end of 2017.