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  • Romania cannot afford buying F-16 jets

    06/12/2010 8:37:56 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 406+ views ^ | 6/11/2010 |
    Crisis-hit Romania cannot afford to purchase second-hand F-16 combat aircraft this year, Finance Minister Sebastian Vladescu said. - There is no money for the F-16s, I can't see where we could get one percent of GDP (gross domestic product) in order to buy military equipment - Vladescu told Money Channel TV station. - Such an expense is downright impossible at this moment - he added. Romania had announced in March its decision to purchase 24 F-16 aircraft currently used by the US air forces, at a cost of 1.3 billion dollars (1.1 billion dollars), in order to replace its ageing,...
  • Miss Bikini World is crowned (OF COURSE there are pictures :-))

    05/30/2010 10:11:57 PM PDT · by Stoat · 72 replies · 4,405+ views
    Miss Bikini World is crowned  Winners ... Miss Bikini World finalists     By STAFF REPORTER Published: 30 May 2010 A ROMANIAN college student has become the new Miss Bikini World. The annual competition final took place today in Sanya, China.   Diana, 22, beat 63 other contestants to win the crown. She said: "I am so excited that I do not know what to say. "All the contestants are very strong and I must say I am so lucky to win." Kasey-Lee Brunker from Australia bagged the Miss Spring crown and Luna Ramos from Venezuela was named Miss Summer....
  • Romanian Fighter Debate Rages On

    05/16/2010 2:27:09 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 527+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 5/14/2010 | Andy Nativi
    The saga of the Romanian air force’s selection of a “new” fighter to replace its MiG-21bis Lancer is becoming a heated political, industrial and economic battle that is not likely to be solved anytime soon. A buy of 24 secondhand U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighters was originally announced in March by Defense Minister Gabriel Opera, without a formal competition. The F-16s — old Block 25 airframes in service with the U.S. Air National Guard — were expected to be free, but the price tag eventually reached $1.3 billion (€1 billion) when training, weapons, aircraft modification and infrastructure requirements...
  • Eurofighter seeks to wrest Romania deal from Lockheed

    05/13/2010 11:34:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 419+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/12/2010 | Paolo Biondi
    Eurofighter consortium representatives held talks with Romanian legislators on Tuesday in a bid to wrest a 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) fighter contract from Lockheed Martin , executives said on Wednesday. In March, Romania's Supreme Defence Council approved the acquisition of 24 secondhand F16 fighters made by Lockheed to modernise its air force, a plan that requires parliamentary approval. The Senate Defence Committee, however, said it wished to hear alternative offers and convened the meeting on Tuesday with Eurofighter -- comprised of Finmeccanica , BAe Systems and EADS -- and Sweden's Saab , which has proposed its Gripen fighter. Maurizio...
  • Romania To Cut (Government) Wages (25%) and Pensions (15%)

    05/06/2010 6:56:30 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies · 563+ views
    BBC ^ | 5-6-10 | BBC
    Romania is to cut wages and pensions in the public sector later this year to comply with an IMF-led rescue deal. Romanian President Traian Basescu said the "programme to cut public expenses was inevitable". Public sector wages will be cut by 25% and all salaries, including the minimum one, will be affected. Jobless benefits and pensions will be slashed by 15%. Romania is the recipient of a 20bn-euro aid package from the IMF, the EU and the World Bank. The country, as well as two other bailed-out states, Latvia and Hungary, have missed targets for cutting their deficits by significant...
  • 'Let ‘em have one finger, they take your whole hand'

    04/12/2010 6:28:53 PM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 3 replies · 289+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 4-12-10 | Bob McCarty
    Greg Grigore and his mother are passionate about the motives which prompt them to spend weekend afternoons on street corners a world away from their native Romania.
  • VDIEO: Romanian Child Trafficking Ring Busted

    04/08/2010 8:13:49 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies · 293+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/08/10 | Friends of Ours
    Scotland Yard and Romanian police have busted 30 suspected mobsters who allegedly ran a child trafficking ring which kidnapped children from poor Gypsy communities and forced them into a life of crime in Britain as reported by the Daily Mail: Police estimate that more then 170 youngsters as young as seven have been trafficked to the UK by the gang. * * * Police say the modern-day Fagins forced their young victims - snatched from poor gypsy communities - to beg in Britain and go on pick-pocketing and shoplifting sprees. Mob bosses set them up with bogus documents and homes...
  • Sofia Hails NATO 'Security Roof' Plan

    03/29/2010 9:20:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 209+ views
    Space War ^ | 3/30/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Building a missile defense shield to cover all European countries, including Russia, would help restore confidence in NATO, the Bulgarian foreign minister said on Saturday. Nikolay Mladenov said that would show the people that "the Alliance is really taking care of their security rather than just engage in operations at the other end of the world." Speaking earlier in the day at a NATO conference in Brussels, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for a new Euro-Atlantic security architecture, "one security roof," in which Russia should be a full-fledged partner. He said one security roof "would be a very strong political...
  • Swedish Saab surprised at Romania's F-16 jets choice

    03/25/2010 8:50:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 783+ views
    ASD News ^ | 3/25/2010 | Joseph Krauss
    Swedish group Saab said Thursday it was "surprised" at Romania's choice of F-16 second-hand aircraft to the detriment of its Gripen and asked authorities to submit all offers to parliament. "We are surprised at the statement indicating that the Supreme Defence Council is pursuing the old F-16s, without any offset, due to lack of financial resources,", said Richard Smith, Saab's marketing director for Romania. "Unfortunately, the Romanian armed force may end up with someone else's junk." The Supreme Council announced Wednesday it would submit to parliament its decision to purchase 24 F-16 aircraft currently used by the US air force....
  • Romania defence body backs F16 purchase plan

    03/23/2010 8:14:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 514+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/23/2010 | Radu Marinas
    Romania's Supreme Defence Council on Tuesday approved the acquisition of 24 second-hand F16 fighters produced by Lockheed Martin Corp to modernise its air force."Taking into account that Romania does not have the needed financial resources to buy new ... planes, the Council okayed a defence ministry proposal to acquire 24 F16 used planes," the council said in a statement. It said the plan would be subject to parliament's approval. Romania is a U.S. ally and some analysts had said the F16 was a likely choice. The economic crisis complicated the NATO member's effort to seal a planned multi-billion euro fighter...
  • Russia worried by US missile defence plan

    02/26/2010 7:59:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 248+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/26/2010 | AFP
    Russia has serious questions over the aims of fresh US missile defence plans for Europe, the foreign ministry said Friday, in Moscow's strongest expression of concern yet over the new initiative. "We still have serious questions regarding the true purpose of the US missile system," a ministry spokesman, Andrei Nesterenko, told reporters in televised remarks. "Therefore we will continue to consistently oppose any dubious unilateral actions in relation to missile defence that can negatively affect international security." His comments were Russia's strongest statement of concern after Romania said it would hold talks with Washington on hosting US missile interceptors and...
  • Moldovan rebels offer to host Russian missiles

    02/15/2010 2:29:25 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 197+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 15, 2010
    Moldova's rebel region of Transdniestria said on Monday it was ready to host Russian tactical missiles if the Kremlin were to ask, escalating growing tensions about defense between Moscow and Washington. NATO and European Union member Romania, which borders Moldova, this month approved a U.S. plan to deploy interceptor missiles which Washington says aims to defend against current and emerging ballistic missile threats from Iran. It prompted calls for clarification from Russia's foreign ministry, which said it was concerned. Interfax news agency quoted regional leader Igor Smirnov as saying on Monday: "We are not against it ... As far as...
  • Angela Merkel dashes Greek hopes of rescue bid

    02/12/2010 4:33:32 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 33 replies · 4,542+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | February 11, 2010 | Ian Traynor
    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, mounted stiff resistance tonight to any swift bailout of Greece, as a rift opened up between European capitals over how best to tackle the risks posed to the euro. Despite a show of Franco-German unity on the crisis and the first statement from EU leaders pledging to safeguard the currency's stability, hopes on the markets of a German-led rescue plan to shore up Greece's critical public finances were dashed by Merkel, who repeatedly emphasised that Athens would need to put its own house in order and brushed aside all questions of financial support. "Germany is...
  • Romania ready to start talks on becoming part of US BMD shield in Europe

    02/09/2010 3:44:11 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 179+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 01/09/2010 | Luca Bonsignore
    Romanian President Traian Basescu announced last week that his country would accept an US offer to base medium-range interceptor missiles (the proposed land-based version of the SM3 system) as part of the revamped missile defence plans formulated by the Obama Administration in 2009. "Romania has been officially invited by US President Barack Obama to be part of the [new] missile defence system," Basescu said after a meeting of the country's Supreme Defence Council. He stated that talks between Washington and Bucharest on the issue should start in the near future and any agreement will be submitted to Romanian parliament for...
  • Romania Taunts Russia

    02/07/2010 8:35:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 597+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 02/07/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Romania has agreed to base American anti-missile systems on its territory. These will probably be land based Aegis systems. So far, Aegis has achieved an 83 percent success rate during live test firings. So now everyone wants an Aegis ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) ship for protection. The Aegis system was designed to operate aboard warships (cruisers and destroyers that have been equipped with the special software that enables the AEGIS radar system to detect and track incoming ballistic missiles). However, there is also a land based version that Israel is interested in buying. The development version of AEGIS was land based,...
  • Russia says concerned at Romania hosting U.S. missiles

    02/05/2010 2:14:04 PM PST · by lizol · 4 replies · 170+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Feb 5, 2010
    Russia says concerned at Romania hosting U.S. missiles MOSCOW Fri Feb 5, 2010 2:14pm EST MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia Friday said it was concerned by Romania's decision to host interceptor missiles as part of a U.S. plan to protect Europe and demanded clarification. Romania said Thursday its top defense body had approved the deployment, which Washington says is aimed at defending against current and emerging ballistic missile threats from Iran. "We certainly have concerns in this regard. There is a demand for clarification," Russia's Foreign Ministry said. The Romanian deployment is part of a revamped U.S. missile defense approach taken...
  • Romania to host U.S. missiles

    02/04/2010 7:09:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 225+ views
    Space War ^ | 02/04/2010 | UPI via Space War
    In an unexpected announcement, the president of Romania said Thursday his country would host missile interceptors as part of a new U.S. defense shield. President Traian Basescu said the Supreme Defense Council, Romania's top military and security body, had agreed to such a plan after a request by Washington. "Terrestrial interceptors will be placed on Romania's territory as part of the anti-missile system," Basescu was quoted as saying by Radio Free Europe. "According to the calendar agreed with the American side, the components located on Romania's territory will become operational in 2015." He said the missile defense system would "protect...

    01/25/2010 3:21:44 PM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies · 429+ views
    INTERNET ^ | January 24, 2010, 16:26 | n/a
    Quote: 24 January 2010 JIHADI OSINT: ROMANIA TO SEND 600 SOLDIERS TO AFGHANISTAN Archive of post from the atahadi forum... Posted on 24 January 2010 @ 16:26
  • ISAF Supports Educational Sector in Ghowr

    01/03/2010 7:23:25 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 239+ views
    School children from Chaghcharan district in Ghowr province participate in an award ceremony supported by ISAF forces Dec. 29 (Photo courtesy of ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan) NEWS RELEASEISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan 2010-01-CA–006 For Immediate Release CHAGCHARAN, Afghanistan (Jan. 2) – About 500 school children from Chaghcharan district in Ghowr province participated in an award ceremony supported by ISAF forces Dec. 29. The head of the provincial education department, local authorities and the chief of staff of the Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team there attended the event. "The local government put a lot of effort into facilitating education for the people...
  • December was first month in Iraq war without U.S. combat deaths

    01/02/2010 3:45:46 PM PST · by Dubya · 23 replies · 897+ views
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq — December was the first month since the Iraq war began in which there were no American combat deaths, a milestone hailed by military officials Friday as they inaugurated a new name for the U.S. force at the start of the year that will see the war wind down in earnest. Henceforth, the Multinational Force-Iraq will officially be called the United States Force-Iraq, in belated recognition of the fact that for some time there have been no other nations serving alongside U.S. troops in the nearly 7-year-old conflict. British, Australian and Romanian soldiers pulled out in July,...