US military awards USD 5.7 mln contracts for missile defense base in Romania, stalled US-Russia talks re-start

Tightened 100 dollar roll.The US military has awarded a further contract for support services at the missile defense base in Deveselu, Romania. The 31-month Base Operations and Services Support (BOSS) contract has gone to to US company Exelis Systems Corporation and is worth some USD 5.7 million, according to the the US Naval Facility Engineering Command (NAVFAC) in Naples, Italy, which granted the contract.

Under the terms agreed, Exelis will provide accommodation, food services, fuel storage and dispensing, supply services, and maintenance including plumbing, electrical services, water and sewage treatment. The contract was awarded on March 19, according to the US Embassy in Romania.

The deal follows an earlier agreement worth USD 3.3 million with a local firm, SC Glacial PROD SRL, headquartered in Ilfov County. The Romanian company was contracted by the US Army Corps of Engineers Europe District to build temporary facilities for the US Ballistic Missile Defense System at the Deveselu Base, according to information published by the US Embassy in Romania.

News broke yesterday (March 25 ) that talks would restart between the US and Russia over the missile defense program, which has been a cause of friction between the two countries. Russia has opposed the plan to put interceptor missiles at various site in Eastern Europe, including Romania, and discussions on the subject between the old cold war foes stopped in 2011. But a recent change in US policy has cleared the way for negotiations to start up again, according to news agency Reuters. In mid-March, the US announced that it would cut back part of the proposed missile defense system in Eastern Europe, however, the reduction has not affected plans for Romania.

Liam Lever, liam@romania-insider.com

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US military awards USD 5.7 mln contracts for missile defense base in Romania, stalled US-Russia talks re-start

Tightened 100 dollar roll.The US military has awarded a further contract for support services at the missile defense base in Deveselu, Romania. The 31-month Base Operations and Services Support (BOSS) contract has gone to to US company Exelis Systems Corporation and is worth some USD 5.7 million, according to the the US Naval Facility Engineering Command (NAVFAC) in Naples, Italy, which granted the contract.

Under the terms agreed, Exelis will provide accommodation, food services, fuel storage and dispensing, supply services, and maintenance including plumbing, electrical services, water and sewage treatment. The contract was awarded on March 19, according to the US Embassy in Romania.

The deal follows an earlier agreement worth USD 3.3 million with a local firm, SC Glacial PROD SRL, headquartered in Ilfov County. The Romanian company was contracted by the US Army Corps of Engineers Europe District to build temporary facilities for the US Ballistic Missile Defense System at the Deveselu Base, according to information published by the US Embassy in Romania.

News broke yesterday (March 25 ) that talks would restart between the US and Russia over the missile defense program, which has been a cause of friction between the two countries. Russia has opposed the plan to put interceptor missiles at various site in Eastern Europe, including Romania, and discussions on the subject between the old cold war foes stopped in 2011. But a recent change in US policy has cleared the way for negotiations to start up again, according to news agency Reuters. In mid-March, the US announced that it would cut back part of the proposed missile defense system in Eastern Europe, however, the reduction has not affected plans for Romania.

Liam Lever, liam@romania-insider.com

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