The tender for the purchase of 41 short- and medium-range air defense systems for the Romanian army, worth $4.2 billion, has progressed to another stage, and among the main competitors is the Israeli company Rafael Systems with the Spyder system.
Besides Rafael, The main contenders in this international tender are the NASAMS (Norwegian National Advanced Surface to Air Missile) system by Raytheon, a collaboration between the United States and Norway, Germany's Diehl Defense's Iris-T system, the VL Mica system from the French company MBDA and the M-SAM system from South Korea's Hanwha.
According to the website Army Recognition, the offers from the various contenders will be meticulously evaluated in the coming months, with a particular focus on each system's ability to meet Romania's specific needs. The outcome of this tender is crucial, as it will determine Romania's air defense posture for the coming decades. The final decision will influence not only Romania's national security but also the regional defense dynamics in Eastern Europe.