Romanian govt scraps warships' acquisition amid dispute

Romania's defense ministry scraps the 1.6 billion euro ($1.83 billion) acquisition of four warships following a political dispute over which offer best serves the NATO member

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Romania's defense ministry has suspended the 1.6 billion euro ($1.83 billion) acquisition of four warships following a political dispute over which offer best serves the NATO member.

The government, scheduled to announce the winner Saturday, made its announcement late Friday.

The acquisition of four multirole corvettes has caused political friction with the ruling Social Democratic Party favoring an offer from Damen, a Dutch company.

Romania has committed to upgrading its armed forces and equipment in the next decade.