Romania Wants to Buy American-Made Coastal Defense Missiles
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced this week that the State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defense Systems (CDS) and related equipment.
The U.S. military’s DSCA issued a press release on October 16, 2020, that announced that the State Department cleared Romania to purchase coastal defense missiles in a $300 million deal.
The potential deal is for two Coastal Defense Systems (CDS), up to ten Link-16 Multifunctional Information Distribution System – Joint Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS-JTRS), as well as other systems, the agency said in a statement, adding this that the proposed sale will enhance U.S. national security objectives in the region.
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“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO Ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability,” DSCA said in its announcement.
The principal U.S. contractor will be Raytheon Missile and Defense, Tucson, AZ.
The Naval Strike Missile is a long-range, precision strike weapon that seeks and destroys enemy ships at distances greater than 100 nautical miles.
In 2019, the U.S. Marine Corps integrated a land-based Naval Strike Missile into its force structure, sharing costs and interoperability with the Navy.