Hungary expects to complete, by the end of the year, the construction of a third three-dimensional air search radar base. This new base will be located near the village of Medina in the west of the country.
The type of radar, which has been provided by Selex Sistemi Integrati has not been revealed, although it is known that in the past, the company supplied its L-band 470km (253nm) RAT31-DL system to furnish a radar site located at Bekescsaba in 2007.
The activation of this third radar system will be the latest step in an ongoing process to modernise Hungary’s ground-based air defence system.
Over the long term, Hungary will replace its existing air defence system with NATO’s new Air Command and Control System (ACCS) with ThalesRaytheonSystems, the prime contractor for the ACCS programme, under contract to deliver the system to Hungary; a process which should conclude by mid-2016.
This will see the installation of a CARS (Combined Air Operations Centre/Air Control Centre, Recognised Air Picture Production Centre and Sensor Fusion Post) at the Hungarian Air Force’s existing Control and Reporting Centre based at Veszprem, eastern Hungary.