F16 aircraft of the Romanian Army are to take part in missions of the Police Air Service (SLPA) starting in March, under a national command, informs the Minister of Defence, Gabriel Les.
He specified in a post on Facebook that the F16 aircraft will also be able to participate in international missions, as soon as the Romanian squadron receives the NATO certification.
"The 53 F16 squadron has been evaluated at national level for participation in SLPA missions, beginning this March, under national command. The aircraft will also participate in SLPA missions under NATO command, as soon as the squadron goes through all the certification steps specific to NATO," wrote Les.
He underscored that "all the F16 multi-role aircraft are operational and ready to participate in missions," while specifying that "there are no F16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in the 53 squadron to be dismembered for spare parts."