The Romanian government approved a bill on the purchase of seven Patriot anti-missile systems, as announced by the Minister of National Defense of Romania, Mihai Fifor.
The Minister of National Defense noted that the Romanian Armed Forces are in urgent need of new weapons.
"The bill approved by the government on the purchase of Patriot anti-missile systems will soon be submitted to the parliament for approval, and if all parliamentary procedures are successful, we hope that anti-aircraft missile systems will start operating in Romania in 2019, and that the first missile system will be delivered to our country in the near future," Fifor said.
He also noted that the Patriot air defense missile systems would cost the Romania $3.9 billion.
Earlier, Minister of National Defense of Poland Antoni Macierewicz stated that the first American Patriot missile systems should be in the country within the next two years.