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Hungary boosts air defence with NASAMS system

By Defence Industry Europe

The Hungarian Defence Forces have taken delivery of the first two fire units of the NASAMS air defence system, supplied by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace in collaboration with the American defence giant RTX (Raytheon). The NASAMS system is set to replace Hungary's post-Soviet 2K12 Kub systems, bolstering the country's air defence capabilities.

 

The Hungarian Ministry of Defence has confirmed that an additional five fire units of the NASAMS air defence system will be delivered in the coming year. This significant acquisition follows Hungary’s contract signing in November 2020 with Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace and Raytheon for the procurement of seven fire units of NASAMS air defense systems, with a total contract value of EUR 410 million.

 

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Furthermore, Hungary will receive 180 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and 60 AMRAAM-Extended Range (AMRAAM-ER) missiles, purchased from the United States through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procedure. According to the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the cost of procuring these missiles amounts to approximately USD 730 million.

 

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According to the Hungarian Ministry of Defence, the first fire unit of the NASAMS air defense system is expected to achieve operational capability by the end of 2024. This substantial enhancement in Hungary’s air defense capabilities demonstrates the country’s commitment to ensuring its national security and preparedness.

 

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