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The U.S. State Department recently cleared over 3.8 billion euros worth of potential weapons sales for five different countries, including Hungary.  Apparently, Hungary is planning to buy 3.8 billion euros worth of missiles from the United States.

DefenseNews reports that the U.S. State Department cleared over 3.8 billion Euros ($51.9 billion) worth of potential weapons sales for five different countries, including Hungary.  The sales were announced on the Defense Security Cooperation Agency website. Apparently, Japan, South Korea, Hungary, Lithuania, and Denmark are all looking to buy from the United States.

Several questions might arise:

What are we planning to buy?

Hungary aims to purchase 180 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles. The AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile is an American beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile, which is capable of all-weather and day-and-night operations. This is the world’s most popular beyond-visual-range missile, and more than 14,000 have been produced for the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, and 33 international customers.

How much are we spending on this?

Hungary is seeking to spend approximately 450.5 million euros ($500 million) on weapons, as reported by DefenseNews.

Why do we need these?

The weapons are planned to be used to support Hungary’s fleet of Gripen fighter jets.

The sale has not been finalised yet, as these must first be cleared by Congress before the parties could enter any kind of contract negotiations. Of course, during these negotiations, both the quantities and dollar figures can change.


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