Romania successfully conducts first live-fire test of PATRIOT air defence system

By Defence Industry Europe

Romania has recently marked a significant milestone in bolstering its air defense capabilities by conducting the first live-fire test of the Raytheon PATRIOT air defence system. The test took place at the Capu Midia Training Range in Constanța County, involving four demonstrations over a two-day exercise. This event was crucial in assessing the Romanian Armed Forces' readiness to operate the advanced missile system.


The US Army Security Assistance Command and its Security Assistance Training Management Organization (SATMO) facilitated the testing exercise. The Romanian military’s engagement with the Patriot missile system, acquired in a USD 3.9 billion foreign military sale from the US in 2017, represents a major step in enhancing the country’s defensive posture.


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Romania’s contract included the acquisition of the PATRIOT Configuration 3+, the most advanced version of the system, along with an undisclosed quantity of GEM-T and PAC-3 MSE interceptor missiles.



The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) detailed in July 2017 that Romania has requested 56 PATRIOT MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM (GEM-T) missiles, 168 PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles, 28 M903 launching stations, and seven PATRIOT Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units. Additionally, the sale encompassed radar systems, engagement control stations, power plants, and other essential equipment and support.



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