According to Russia’s Arms Trade Analysis Centre, Hungary is interested in purchasing 30 new Russian helicopters.
Hungary plans to buy about 30 Russian helicopters with the value of the contract expected to reach $490 million, a spokesperson for Russia’s Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (CAWAT) said Friday.
“In February, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban plans to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin*, during which they will discuss the delivery of up to 30 Russian helicopters to the Hungarian Air Force” the spokesperson of Hungary government said.
*Accordind Sputnik, Orban could visit Russia on February 17 to meet country’s leadership and to discuss mainly cooperation in the sphere of nuclear energy. According to the newspaper, Orban could discuss the extension of the only Hungarian Paks nuclear power plant (NPP).
The spokesperson added that the value of the potential contract has been estimated at 142 billion Hungarian forints (some $490 million).
The spokesperson pointed out that in the future the scope of the contract between the two countries could be expanded since Hungary is seeking to replace its fleet of Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopters, some of which have been in operation since 1969.