The government is strengthening Hungary’s defence with an Israeli radar system, Magyar Nemzet wrote in its Monday edition.
According to the article, a world-class Israeli radar system will be in service with the Hungarian Defence Forces next year. The system is capable of detecting and tracking air and artillery targets. Already proven as part of Israel’s Iron Dome (Vaskupola) air defence system, the Hungarian defence industry will also be involved in the production of some of the locator units.
The arrival of the radar system was announced by Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky. He announced it after talks with Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz in Jerusalem. According to Magyar Nemzet, the Hungarian Defence Minister said that the two countries have long had close and excellent relations in the field of defence, 24.hu writes.
He added that the defence industry is regarded as the latest engine of the Hungarian economy. The Hungarian defence industry already has significant Israeli links, he said. The minister was referring to the fact that the Hungarian Defence Forces also regularly use Spike guided anti-tank missiles from the Rafael company.
The contract for the eleven ELM-2084 air surveillance, air defence and artillery reconnaissance radars was signed in December 2020 by General Ferenc Korom, then Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces, and Stéphane Oehrli, CEO of Rheinmetall Canada Inc., in the framework of the Zrínyi Defence and Force Development Programme. The equipment, which incorporates the Israeli company IAI ELTA’s “active phase-guided” (AESA) radar technology, will replace the old Soviet P-37, PRV-17 and SZT-68U radars of the Defence Forces, the article reads.
Check out a video of the radar below:
Source: Magyar Nemzet, 24.hu, iai.co.il