THE HUNGARIAN Government is to buy an Israeli-made communications satellite, to be launched in 1998. The contract was signed on 13 February.

Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) and Hungarian communications company Antenna Hungaria signed an agreement to form a joint company to build, launch and operate a communications satellite, the use of which will help to modernise the Hungarian communications system. Under the terms of the agreement, IAI is to build the satellite - a twin of its AMOS satellite to be launched by an Ariane booster in May.

Source: Flight International