Aerostar and Lockheed Martin open Europe’s first HIMARS Sustainment Centre in Romania. Ukrainian HIMARS can also be repaired here

Lansarea unei rachete dintr-un sistem HIMARS aflat în dotarea României. Foto: Captură video MApN
Lansarea unei rachete dintr-un sistem HIMARS aflat în dotarea României. Foto: Captură video MApN

The new facility will boost operational readiness for HIMARS systems operated by Romania and its NATO partners. Aerostar S.A. in partnership with Lockheed Martin has inaugurated Europe’s first certified HIMARS Sustainment Centre. This new facility strengthens the existing relationship between global defence and aerospace company Lockheed Martin and Aerostar S.A., which already partner on similar sustainment activities for Romania’s Black Hawk and F-16 fighter fleets.

According to a press release, located in Bacău at Aerostar SA, the HIMARS sustainment centre at Aerostar will contribute to the creation and sustainment of high-value jobs in Romania and deliver increased readiness with lower operational costs for Romania’s Land Forces.

“At Lockheed Martin, we're proud of our longstanding strategic partnership with Romania, which is delivering meaningful partnerships that foster innovation and resilience to enhance Romania’s defence industrial base,” Ray Piselli, said Lockheed Martin’s Vice President of international business at the ceremony in Bacău. 

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The new facility builds on the success of similar work already carried out by Aerostar and supports continued sustainment for critical defence assets. Romania will see support operations for the Land Forces HIMARS fleet carried out for Romania by engineers and technicians from Aerostar.

“Today’s event further expands our strategic relationship with Lockheed Martin, a world leader in aerospace and defence. This relationship is sustaining Aerostar with new technical capabilities and knowledge and firmly positioning us within Lockheed Martin’s global supply chain which could open the door to new and exciting opportunities in the future,” said Alexandru Filip, General Director of Aerostar.”

The Romanian Minister of Defence said that in addition to the economic development in the area, from a technical point of view, it will also be possible to repair the HIMARS systems of the allied states in the region. So also of Ukraine.

"In addition to the strategic advantage of having in Romania, in the current security context, a secure solution for the maintenance of their own HIMARS systems, the establishment of this centre creates the opportunity for countries in the region whose armies are equipped with such systems to send their technology for maintenance or repair here, in Bacău, where they will benefit from the expertise of the best specialists in the field in the region," said Angel Tîlvăr. 

Romania’s HIMARS provide credible deterrent capability in support of defence and national security. HIMARS is a combat-proven system that offers deterrence against aggression and significantly increases the capability of NATO and Armed Forces across the globe. HIMARS is transportable via C-130 and larger aircraft for rapid deployment, and fires ATACMS missiles, the next-generation Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) and GMLRS rockets to include the extended-range variant – ER GMLRS. Romania was the first European user of HIMARS in 2021.

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Lockheed Martin has been a partner to Romania for more than 25 years and is today a strategic partner for national defence, industry and academia. It partners with Romania on a variety of defence and security programmes including military aircraft, missile defence, precision fire, radar and pilot training.

The company’s involvement extends to include links with academic institutions, such as Romania’s Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, which is studying artificial intelligence applications to support national security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. 

 

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