Romania to refurbish 2 frigates, operation costing $208M

BUCHAREST, Romania – Romanian authorities say they will refurbish two frigates with state-of-the-art equipment, as the NATO member moves to modernize its naval fleet to counter Russia’s presence in the Black Sea.

The defence ministry said the frigates, built in 1986, will be equipped with anti-aircraft and anti-naval missiles and special sensors, which will be integrated into a computerized system.

The upgrade will cost 839 million lei ($208 million) and it will be open to companies with at least five years’ experience.

Romania bought the King Ferdinand and the Queen Maria, named after a Romanian royal couple, from Britain in 2003.

NATO leaders agreed at a 2014 summit in Wales that each member would spend 2 per cent of gross domestic product on defence. Romania will implement the measure in 2017.