More Patriot missile systems to ship to Romania
TEWKSBURY, Mass. Raytheon has entered an agreement with the government of Romania and the U.S. Army to purchase of three additional Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems from the U.S. Army. Similarly to when Romania bought its first Patriot missile system in May of 2018, the additional units were procured via the U.S. Department of Defense's foreign military sales (FMS) process.
The Patriot system -- a purely defensive system that acts as the backbone of NATO's defense against lower-tier ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, advanced aircraft and drones -- is also used by 15 other nations, including the U.S. and six European allies (Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland and Sweden).
All of Romania's Patriot fire units will be newly built and completely modernized, even as it shares the same name and external appearance as the Patriot system that defended NATO countries during the Cold War.
"Romania's Patriot fire units will have the same hardware and software suite as the U.S. Army's Patriot fire units," said Michelle DeMaio, Raytheon's Romania Patriot program manager. "This will enhance Romania's ability to train with the U.S. Army and other NATO allies."