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.


“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.


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