Hungarian armed forces to procure advanced radar systems

21 December 2020 (Last Updated December 21st, 2020 12:18)

The Hungarian Armed Forces has placed an order with Rheinmetall and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to procure advanced radar systems to meet different mission requirements.

Rheinmetall Canada will supply advanced active multi-mission 3D radar systems as the general contractor.

The systems will be manufactured by ELTA, a subsidiary of IAI and a partner of Rheinmetall.

The deliveries are slated to begin at the end of 2022 and continue to the end of 2027.

IAI vice-president and ELTA CEO Yoav Tourgeman said: “IAI/ELTA Systems congratulate Rheinmetall for the 3D Air Defence and Artillery radar programme for the Hungarians Defence Forces.

“The joint programme between Rheinmetall and IAI/ELTA Systems for the localisation and delivery of Multi Mission Radar systems is continuing the cooperation initiated in the Canadian MRR program.

“IAI/ELTA is proud that its world-leading 3D Multi Mission Radar system was selected by the Hungarian forces for protection of the Hungarian nation and supporting air defence and artillery NATO missions.”

Rheinmetall Canada president and CEO Stéphane Oehrli said: “Together with our partner IAI/ELTA, we are proud to have been picked to modernise the Hungarian military’s radar capabilities.

“In terms of technology transfer, our Hungarian partners also stand to benefit from this project. We’re very happy to be involved in this international project and to be able to help grow the Hungarian defence industry.”

Rheinmetall Canada is one of the key exporters of radar system integration for Hungary. Previously, the company collaborated with IAI/ELTA for delivering MRR projects for the Canadian armed forces.

The latest order comes around three months after Hungary placed a €2bn (£1.82bn) order for 218 Rheinmetall Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).