BUCHAREST (Romania), May 19 (SeeNews) – The American defense company Raytheon Technologies has announced that it has signed a contract with the Romanian authorities for the delivery of coastal defense systems for naval strike missiles (NSM).
Built by the Raytheon Missiles & Defense division in partnership with Norwegian firm Kongsberg, the system will bolster Romania’s defensive advantage against high-end maritime targets, Raytheon said in a press release on Tuesday.
“Romania will now join the US Navy and two other NATO allies to operate the latest generation anti-ship cruise missile available today,” said Kim Ernzen, vice president of Naval Power at Raytheon Missiles & Defense , in the press release.
The value of the contract was not disclosed.
The NSM engages targets at distances greater than 100 nautical miles and flies at very low altitude. Of particular importance for Romania, due to its diverse topography, is that NSM can move up and down depending on the terrain, Raytheon said.
In September, Romania received Raytheon’s first Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) system and expects three more by the end of 2022.
Romania, which joined NATO in 2004, plans to spend â¬ 9.8 billion until 2026 to strengthen its defense capabilities.
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