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Hungary acquires new soldier and vehicular radios

Hungary has acquired new E-LynX software-defined radios from Elbit Systems in soldier and vehicular configurations. (Elbit Systems)

The Hungarian Defence Forces (HDF) will receive new soldier and vehicular radios under the Zrínyi programme.

The new radios are being supplied by Elbit Systems, Colonel János Pölöskei, branch leader for the Command and Control Systems Development Branch at HDF Command – Force Planning Directorate, announced at SAE Media Group's 2023 Future Soldier Technology conference on 6 March.

Col Pölöskei told Janes that the company is supplying its E-LynX family of software-defined radios, and that the procurement is part of the Zrínyi 2026 Defense and Force Development Programme.

He had not responded to a request for comment on the number of units being procured at the time of publication, although he did note that the radios will be integrated into the majority of the country's military vehicles, including Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs), PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), and HDF 4×4 vehicles, as well as other legacy platforms, Col Pölöskei said.

The E-LynX is a family of software-defined multiband and multirole tactical radio systems, with advanced antenna and routing systems, as well as end-to-end satellite communication systems for voice, video, and data transmission applications. The radios enable simultaneous data and multiple voice sessions in both wideband and narrowband waveforms on a single radio frequency (RF) infrastructure, the company said.

Announced in 2016, Zrínyi is a 10-year modernisation programme intended to upgrade the HDF equipment and revitalise the local industry.

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