This is a very bad idea! Romania will never afford F35 so stop talking about a deal in that direction.
They refused to privatize the heli factory when Bell was interested in producing the Cobra there, even after finding a client - the Turkish Army. Now the factory is mostly un-used. And Romania soon will have to get some attack helos...
They refused to privatize Avioane Craiva when Saab was interested in assembling/maintaining the Gripen there.
They refused the Gripen offered with 100% offset, therefore refusing jobs for highly trained Romanians in Romania.
They are basically refusing the Romanian pilots the chance for training as the F16 will be much more expensive to operate than the Gripen.
Not to mention the two ex-royal Navy frigates that are just shells empty of any relevant equipment. Equipment already payed for but never materialized!
Or the unfinished motorways already payed for several times.
The decision sort of falls in place doesn't it?
Those muppets who made the decision should be charged with treason!