Defense Minister Csaba Hende appears in front of a parliamentary committee to explain the technical problems plaguing the Hungarian Air Force in recent months.
In March, a Gripen aircraft on its way home from a Swedish military exercise made an emergency landing at Kassa airport.
In May, a two-seater Gripen veered off the runway at Cáslav military airport in the Czech Republic; the pilots ejected, the aircraft suffered severe damage and considered a total loss.
A month later on June 10, a JAS-39 Gripen made an emergency landing at Kecskemét air-base; according to Defence Minister Csaba Hende the aircraft developed software problems and as a result, the aircraft's nose gear malfunctioned; the pilot ejected after landing as the aircraft became uncontrollable on the ground.
These mysterious technical problems can raise the question of sabotage write hidfo.ru.
While the Hungarian Air Force tried to sort out the problems, the mainstream media started suggesting that perhaps the Air Force may not be ready to undertake the tasks of effective airspace defense as the country has just over a dozen fighter jets, which are way to few to carry out effective air defense tasks.
According to Magyar Nemzet, Defense Minister Csaba Hende gave a rosy explanation of the recent aircraft accidents; this is according to the paper, to cover up the fact that the Hungarian Air Force is not ready to undertake the Baltic mission starting sometimes this year. (As part of NATO initiative the Hungarian Air Force contributes four fighter jets to a NATO mission aiming to protect the Baltic countries' airspace.)
In other words, certain interest groups began to exploit the mysterious technical problems that plaguing the Gripen fleet and use them as a pretext to torpedo the Baltic mission suggesting that the Hungarian Air Force does not have sufficient air defense capabilities.
And here comes the interesting part of the story. While the Hungarian Air Force has been trying to make sense of these accidents a leak came out of the Czech ministry of defense indicating that the Visegrad countries (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) are conducting secret negotiations with US officials on a proposal to hand over their airspace defenses to the US Air Force. If the deal goes ahead as planned the US will have unlimited access to these countries' air defenses, which implies that the US military can carry out any kind of military maneuvers in the Visegrad countries' airspace without the knowledge of the national governments. To look at the recent setbacks of the Hungarian Air Force in the light of this leak raises suspicion about the nature of the accidents that perhaps didn't happen as randomly as they seem from the outside.