Hungary acquires the AESA radars used by Israel’s Iron Dome

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BUDAPEST ($1=397.80 Hungarian Forints) — Israel’s world-class ELTA ELM-2084 multipurpose radars, capable of detecting and tracking air and artillery targets, will be used by the Hungarian military next year, the Magyar Nemzet daily reported on Monday.

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ELTA ELM-2084 radar stations with active electronic scanning [AESA] technology. They are available in various versions and are used in Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system. The radars provide “a three-dimensional view of the air situation in real-time, even in difficult conditions, in case of active and passive radio-electronic jamming by the enemy,” the Hungarian media wrote.

The contract for 11 radars was signed in December 2020 by General Ferenc Korom, then commander of the Hungarian Defense Forces, and Mr. Stefan Oerli, CEO of Rheinmetall Canada; the Canadian branch of the German arms concern deals with system integration of radars. The new equipment should replace the old Soviet P-37, PRV-17, and ST-68U radars.

Hungarian-made components should also be included in the radar system from 2025, said Hungarian Defense Minister Mr. Kristof Szalay-Bobrovnicki, who met with Israeli Defense Minister Mr. Benny Gantz last week. As the Hungarian politician emphasized, the two countries have long-standing excellent relations in the field of defense, and the Hungarian armed forces use, among other things, Spike anti-tank guided missiles produced by the Israeli company Rafael. Let’s add that in parallel with the delivery of Israeli radars, the American NASAMS air defense system will also be delivered to Hungary, replacing the Kub kits of post-Soviet origin.

The Hungarian government began the process of building an effective armed force in 2017 as part of a reform that was planned for many years. Thanks to the supply and development of the defense industry, they must not only protect Hungary and the Hungarian people but also fulfill their international obligations at a high level, the Hungarian defense minister was quoted as saying by Magyar Nemzet.

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