Romania buys ex-RNLAF HAWK
20 Jan 2005
The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) will sell eight complete HAWK air defense systems including 78 vehicles to Romania. The sale is worth the amount of 23,5 million Euro. The systems are expected to be handed over to the Romanian air force in the second quarter of 2005.
The 'Homing All the Way Killer' (HAWK) is a surface-to-air guided weapons system launched from a mobile undercarriage. During the flight of the missile, it is guided by its own electronic search and guidance system. Since the 1960s, at the time of the Cold War, the HAWK was part of the air defense line at the east border of Germany.
From 1994 onwards the HAWK units were stationed at the Groep Geleide Wapens (GWW) at De Peel, near Venray. The HAWKs were used until 2004. The RNLAF now still owns four Patriot air defense systems, which can be deployed against aircraft as well as ballistic missiles.
- Vliegende Hollander