Hungary has awarded Kongsberg and Raytheon a €410 million contract for the purchase of the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS), officially becoming the 12th international customer for the system.
The contract award follows Hungary’s declaration of intent for the purchase of Raytheon-built advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) that are deployed by NASAMS.
The short to medium range ground based air defense system is comprised of Raytheon Missiles & Defense’s AMRAAM and AMRAAM-ER missiles and Sentinel radar, and Kongsberg’s Fire Distribution Center (FDC) and canister launcher.
Selecting NASAMS and becoming part of the greater NASAMS family allows Hungary to take advantage of an active production line, which would, as highlighted by Kongsberg, ensure a rapid delivery of the system.
“Hungary joins the US and four other NATO nations in entrusting its medium-range air defense needs to NASAMS proven capability,” said Tom Laliberty, vice president of Land Warfare & Air Defense at Raytheon Missiles & Defense business. “Upgrading Hungary’s layered defense capabilities not only enhances NATO commonality, but maximizes the Hungarian military’s ability to quickly identify, engage and destroy current and evolving enemy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicle and emerging cruise missile threats.”