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BUCHAREST (Romania), July 18 (SeeNews) - Tapestry Solutions, a subsidiary of Boeing, said on Wednesday it has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide an integrated maintenance system for Romanian Air Force's (RoAF) fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft.
The foreign military sales contract calls for the integration of Tapestry's GOLDesp Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) software, which will modernize maintenance, logistics and supply operations for the fleet, Tapestry solutions said in a press release.
"We are pleased to provide RoAF with a fully integrated maintenance and supply solution that will maximize readiness rates and reduce sustainment costs for its F-16 fleet," Tapestry Solutions president and CEO Robin Wright said.
GOLDesp is a military-grade, enterprise MRO solution designed for aftermarket sustainment of complex assets operating in land, air, sea and space environments.
"GOLDesp will provide the RoAF with total asset visibility, providing the right data at the right time, to ensure maximum equipment availability and readiness for the F-16 platform and other platforms in the future; GOLDesp provides the necessary foundation to build upon," Tapestry Solutions senior director of international business development Darin Booth said.
Tapestry Solutions, Inc. is a global provider of information management software and services for defense, government and commercial markets. Supporting customers from more than 50 locations worldwide, Tapestry Solutions is part of Boeing Global Services.
Earlier this month, Romanian defence minister Mihai Fifor said that the country will buy five more F-16 fighter jets from Portugal with double and simple command. The intended purchase will be put into a draft bill and submitted to the parliament for vote by the end of the year.
In October 2017, Romania received the last three US-made F-16 fighter jets from Portugal, as part of its programme to replace its ageing fleet of Soviet-era MiG fighter jets with aircraft that comply with NATO standards.
In 2016, the country received the first nine F-16 fighter jets from Portugal under the programme.
The total cost of the squadron of F-16 jets was 628 million euro ($730 million), according to the defence ministry.
Romania, which joined NATO in 2004, plans to spend a total of 9.8 billion euro until 2026 to boost its defence capabilities.
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