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Hungary - NASAMS: National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System

Originally developed as airborne weapons, the AMRAAM missiles have now also been adopted to be fired from the ground as part of an air defense system, launched by the NASAMS system jointly developed by the United States and Norway. The total value of the deal is worth US$500 million (EUR 451 million). The system is designed to be spread over a wider area, offering both greater coverage and survivability of the weapons. These ground-launched systems are also best deployed networked and capable of taking guidance from remote radars.

On August 12, 2020 US Ambassador David Cornstein joined Minister of Defense Tibor Benko in announcing Hungarys declaration of intent to conclude its largest-ever defense procurement from the United States, an action which will overhaul and modernize Hungarys air defense capabilities and allow it to transition away from its current legacy Soviet system. This purchase will provide a proven, best in the world air defense capability that will contribute to the security of Hungary and NATO.

Hungary committed to working with the United States through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program to procure Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) produced by U.S. company Raytheon Technologies. Between the Foreign Military Sales and Direct Commercial Sale portions of the deal, the purchase amounts to an approximate one billion dollar investment in the future of Hungarys security. This procurement will further deepen the excellent security cooperation between our two countries. This, together with the Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA), completed in 2019, have been major achievements in recent years that improve the long-term security of both countries and the region.

On 29 August 2010 the US State Department authorized the sale of 180 AIM120C-7 AMRAAM anti-aircraft missiles to Hungary. Hungary already used these type of missiles as they are the main armament of its JAS 39 Gripen fighters made by Swedish aerospace company Saab. The targeting and guidance radars will be purchased in a separate deal from the manufacturer of the missiles, US defense contractor Raytheon is not included in the US$500 million deal.

On May 8, 2020 the US State Department made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Hungary of sixty (60) AIM-120C-7/C-8 AMRAAMER missiles, and two (2) spare AIM-120C-7/C-8 AMRAAM-ER guidance sections and related equipment for an estimated cost of $230 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

The Government of Hungary requested to buy sixty (60) AIM-120C-7/C-8 AMRAAMER missiles, and two (2) spare AIM-120C-7/C-8 AMRAAM-ER guidance sections. Also included are four (4) AMRAAM-ER training missiles (CATM-120C); missile containers; spare and repair parts; cryptographic and communication security devices; precision navigation equipment; software, site surveys; weapons system equipment and computer software support; publications and technical documentation; common munitions and test equipment; repair and return services and equipment; personnel training and training equipment; integration support and test equipment; and U.S. Government and contractor, engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated cost is $230 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a NATO ally. This sale is consistent with U.S. initiatives to provide key allies in the region with modern systems that will enhance interoperability with U.S forces and increase security.

This proposed sale improves Hungary's defense capability to deter regional threats and strengthen its homeland defense. The sale is in support of Hungary's acquisition of the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) air defense system and would provide a full range of protection from imminent hostile cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, rotary wing and fixed wing threats. This sale will contribute to Hungary's interoperability with the United States and other allies. Hungary should not have any difficulties absorbing this equipment into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support does not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractor and integrator will be Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of additional U.S. Government and contractor representatives to Hungary. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.



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