The Hungarian media reported over the weekend that the commander of the Hungarian Armed Forces, Ferenc Korom, signed a deal for the purchase of ELM-2084 radar systems made by the Israeli company ELTA, a subsidiary of IAI. Delivery of the radars will begin in 2022 through Rheinmetall Canada. The new systems will replace old air defense radars that have been in service since Soviet times like the P-37, PRV-17 and ST-68U.
The number of radars to be purchased is unknown, but the Ynet website reports that the deal is expected to be larger than the one with the Czech Republic in 2018, in which eight radars worth $125 million were purchased.
ELTA's ELM-2084 is a ground-based, mobile multi-mission radar with a 3D active electronically steered array. It is capable of detecting and tracking both aircraft and ballistic targets and providing fire control guidance for missile interception or artillery air defense. The IDF employs several variants of the radar as an air defense and artillery detection radar, and fire control radar for its air defense systems (Iron Dome and David's Sling). In early 2018, IAI announced that it had sold 100 radars worth a total of about $2 billion. Among the countries that have purchased the radar are Canada, India, Finland, the Czech Republic and Singapore (according to foreign sources). Hungary has now been added to this list.