An unidentified aircraft was detected on radar in the late evening hours of May 3, prompting the Hungarian Armed Forces Air Defense Service to be alerted and launch a Gripen fighter jet from the Air Defense Readiness Service, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
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Radar equipment detected the signal around 10 p.m. near the border in the eastern part of Hungary. No aircraft was found, but the plane stayed and patrolled the area for a while before returning to the Kecskemét base, MTI reports.
As we reported before, since the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, Hungarian Gripen fighter jets have had to be alerted several times: on March 14, the Hungarian Defense Forces were alerted to a Serbian-registered aircraft on the Belgrade-Moscow route. The Belgrade control tower informed the civil air traffic control that the aircraft was carrying a bomb, and the Hungarian fighters were called in because of another bomb threat. Later, air defense was alerted to a bomb threat on a civilian aircraft flying under the Serbian flag from Belgrade to St. Petersburg.
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