More than 50 American M1 Abrams tanks will appear in service with the Romanian army in the coming years. The Commission on Defense, Public Order and Homeland Security approved the purchase of military vehicles manufactured by General Dynamics.
What is known
Romania will order 54 M1A2 Abrams tanks as part of the army rearmament program. The deal will amount to €1 billion ($1.08 billion). The process of buying tanks will begin in 2023, but the timing of the contract is not specified.
The deal will include the purchase of ammunition, related equipment and crew training. It is also known that 12 out of 54 M1A2 Abrams tanks will be delivered to Romania from the stocks of the US Department of Defense.
Note that initially Romania expressed a desire to purchase 200 M1 Abrams tanks from the United States. This is reported by Defense Romania, citing industry sources familiar with the matter, who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity.
Source: Defense Romania