News 11 Sep 13

Work on US Base in Romania to Start Soon

Work will shortly start on installing a US missile defence system in Romania, the Defence Minister announced after a visit to the site.

Marian Chiriac
Bucharest

Romania’s Defence Minister, Mircea Dus, said work on installing US missile interceptors at the Deveselu military base in the south of the country will start next month.

Dusa said the Romanian side will be involved in enclosing the area around the base with a NATO-type fence and building a new road round the base for patrols. Romania is also to construct a sewage treatment plant and the drinking water supply.

Under a bilateral agreement signed in 2011, the US missile interceptors are to be placed at Deveselu by 2015 as part of the second phase of the European Phased Adaptive Approach EPAA – the US contribution to a NATO missile defense architecture.

The work at Deveselu involves an estimated investment of $400 million in the base. Some 200 troops will be based at the site, which can host a maximum of 500. The base will remain under under the overall command of the Romanian Air Force.

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