Wednesday, August 31, 2011

DTN News - HUNGARY DEFENSE NEWS: Hungary Puts Russian-Made Fighter Jets Up For Sale

Defense War News Updates: DTN News - HUNGARY DEFENSE NEWS: Hungary Puts Russian-Made Fighter Jets Up For Sale
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 31, 2011: Hungary’s government has decided that it would part with the 24 planes to raise cash after they were retired from active duty.

The deadline for bids for the first stage of the sales involving eight planes and 20 thrusters is Sept. 15. The jets will be sold off in a one-round public tender to be concluded in October.

The MIG jets were designed by Soviet Union-based airplane factory Mikoyan and entered service in 1983. They’re widely used short-range fighters, originally developed to counter advanced models in the U.S. Air Force, such as F-15 or F-16. Mikoyan has since been merged into JSC United Aircraft Corporation, publicly traded in Russia, with the government retaining a majority stake.

Hungary received 28 MIG-29s in 1993 as debt compensation from Russia. The planes soon became local pilots’ favorites due to excellent maneuverability, which allowed the likes of Peter Kovacs, Gyula Vari and Zoltan Szabo to win world championship titles for flying them.

However, there were also downsides. MIGs are well-known for their high maintenance costs and high fuel consumption. Some planes in the fleet actually had to be salvaged in order to get spare parts to repair the others.

Also, when Hungary became a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO in 1999, it became apparent that there would be compatibility issues. Instead of trying to prolong the MIGs’ lifespan and upgrading their systems, the government decided to replace them with Gripens manufactured by Sweden’s Saab.

If you can fork out at least 3.46 billion forints ($18.3 million), the minimum amount the ministry would accept for the package, you’re good to try. The deals are subject to the manufacturer’s approval.


AircraftPhotoOriginTypeVersionsIn active serviceNotes
Fighter Aircraft
Saab JAS 39 GripenJAS 39 Gripen at Kecskemét 2007.JPG Swedenfighter
With completely new system software fit, known as Version 19.
Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIC-17 Boeing Globemaster III.jpg United StatesNATO strategic transportC-17 Globemaster III3
Under SAC program with Hungarian Air force marking and international staff.
Antonov An-26An-26-Hungarian-Air-Force-2008.jpg Ukrainetactical transportAn-265[1]to be replaced between 2011–2014, C-27J or second-hand C-130H.
Trainer Aircraft
Aero L-159 AlcaL-159 ALCA Czech Air Force.jpg Czech Republicattack / trainerL-159Z2since 2010, 14 more will be ordered in 2010-2012.
Yakovlev Yak-52Yakovlev Yak-52.jpg Soviet UniontrainerYak-5211
Training Helicopter
Robinson R44Robinson-R44 1.jpg United Statestraining helicopterR443
Transport and Attack Helicopters
Mil Mi-17HungarianMi-17-2006.jpg Soviet Union Finlandtransport helicopterMi-17N
All Mi-17s upgraded. 2 Finnish Air Force Mi-8Ts were bought in January 2011.[citation needed]
Mil Mi-8Mi-8 Hip Roving Sands 99.jpg Soviet Uniontransport helicopterMi-8810 more new helicopters will be ordered in 2011 to replace the Mi-8s. Some Mi-8s were sold toEthiopia and Peru.
Mil Mi-24Mi-24.jpg Russia / East Germanyattack helicopterMi-24D
12[1]All Mi-24V will be upgraded to Mi-35 after 2010. (NATO caliber development process )
Elbit SkylarkSkylark 1.jpg IsraelUAVSkylark I9Hand-launched "disposable" mini electric UAV for the Afghan theatre ground troops. One was shot down in combat in Afghanistan.

There are also a number of Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21's, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23's, Sukhoi Su-22's and MiG-29's in stock. These are being stored open air and no longer airworthy.

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