Tuesday 14 July 2015 marked an exceptional milestone for the integration of Hungary into the NATO collective air defence, and the culmination of years of hard work for a strong multidisciplinary team within the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency), NSPA, national experts, air force operators and our industrial partners.
Hosted by the Deputy State Secretary of Economic Affairs of Ministry of Defence, Dr Attila Puskás, chaired by the Minister of Defence Dr Csaba Hende and the NCI Agency General Manager, the Final Systems Acceptance for the Hungarian and Czech chapter of the Fixed Air Defence Radars was formalized on the premises of the amazing Medina radar site, in Hungary.
Initiated shortly after the accession to NATO on 12 March 1999 of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary, the Capability Package 5A0044 defined an ambitious programme intended to build and reinforce the Nations' air and missile defence core sensors capability with modern radar technology, and enable their future participation in the Air Command and Control System. These radars feature primary and secondary detection, with 3D target positioning and Identification, friend or foe interrogation over civilian and military encrypted protocols. With a total investment close to 150 MEUR, a broad team was gathered across the Agency, and Selex ES was awarded the contract for all sites after an International Competitive Bid.