A new NATO 3D radar will start operating at Medina in Southern Hungary on Wednesday morning, the Defence Minister said. he new radar station will help defend the airspace of not only Hungary, but also of NATO as a whole, Csaba Hende said at the facility. NATO has placed such high hopes on the radar that it covered 94% of the construction costs. It will also provide funding for the radar’s operation during its lifespan over the next 18 years, Hende said. The minister said the Defence Ministry had found an excellent partner company, Selex ES, in Italy that supplied the equipment.
Koen Gijsbers, general manager of the NATO Communications and Information Agency, noted that NATO has installed altogether eight radars – its best in Europe – in the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. Maria Assunta Accili, the ambassador of Italy, also attended the ceremony. The construction of the over 1 billion forint (EUR 3.2m) facility started in October 2012. The radar replaces Soviet technology in operation since 1987. Medina is the third 3D radar facility controlling Hungary’s airspace next to Bánkút (N) and Békéscsaba (SE).