F-16s operated by the Forțele Aeriene Române (FAR, Romanian Air Force) have begun quick reaction alert (QRA) duty as part of the country’s air defence network, assuming the role from the country’s fleet of MiG-21 LanceRs. Defence Minister Gabriel Leş announced that the Fighting Falcons had taken on the role at Baza 86 Aeriană Borcea-Feteşti on March 14.
Romania acquired 12 F-16 Block 15 MLUs (nine single-seat F-16AMs and three twin-seat F-16BMs) second-hand from Portugal. These were refurbished and then delivered in 2016-17. Leş also confirmed that the country has started the process to acquire an additional 36 F-16s to fully replace its LanceR fleet.
Look out for more on the Romanian F-16 fleet in a future issue of AFM.