Hungary railway co. stops direct trains to Western Europe

Hungary railway co. stops direct trains to Western Europ

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“For the sake of safe railway traffic the railway company has decided that until further notice it will have no trains departing from Budapest directly to Western Europe. The international tickets will be accepted on domestic trains,” state-owned railway company MÁV said in a statement.

Local news portal Index cited a reader saying that an international train arriving from Berlin was stopped at Vác and the passengers were asked to change for a passenger train that went to the Nyugati railway station.

Viktor Váczi, deputy spokesman for MÁV told state-owned newswire MTI that in the current situation Western Europe is accessible from Hungary by train only from the stations directly at the western and northern borders. From then passengers can use the trains of other (foreign) railway companies, from Hegyeshalom and Szob.

MÁV spokeswoman Virág Lőcsei told news portal origo.hu that the measure is affecting the trains leaving for Bratislava and Prague. Trains heading for Western Europe may be boarded also in Győr and Hegyeshalom, she added. She noted that the Keleti railway station has been reopened for the public and the police have been withdrawn from there. MTI reported that migrants and refugees streamed into the station and the platforms are already full.

MÁV keeps informing passengers that direct trains to Western Europe have been cancelled but domestic trains heading for the border may be used. Index reported that the announcements are mostly made in Hungarian and only once or twice in English, but it does not really matter because people cannot hear it the huge ruckus.

According to Index, trains have been run over, people even climbed through windows to get inside, in hope that they can finally get out of Budapest and closer to a better life. The message has finally got through and the masses disembarked the train but remained on the platform.

Basically, there is total chaos at the station. No one, even police officers present have no idea what will happen next.

What is going on at the Hungarian railway company?

  • Thousands of refugees / migrants have been stock in the transit zone at Budapest’s Keleti railway station for days, as MÁV did not let passengers without valid documents board trains to Vienna, Austria and Munich, Germany.
  • On Tuesday morning the station was closed by authorities for about an hour, when no trains were allowed to arrive or depart. The station was evacuated.
  • There were reports last week that Germany is willing to take in any refugee from Syria that is part of the reason why those stranded in Hungary want to move on as soon as possible.
  • The German Embassy in Budapest issued a statement on Wednesday evening, saying that the Dublin Regulation is the applicable European legislation, under which asylum seekers must register in the country where they first entered the European Union.

Indian/Israeli ABM Missile In Development To Defeat Indian/Russian Anti-Ship Missile

[The Barak 8 multi-purpose seaborne missile defense system, the centerpiece of Israeli Med. gas facilities defense plans (SEE:  Israel Navy’s defense of Mediterranean gas fields displayed in war game).]

Intercept test validates Barak 8 air defense system maturity

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Barak 8 missile launched from a test rig in the Negev, on one of the recent flights that tested the missile’s propulsion system. Today’s test evaluated the entire system’s performance – sensors, command and control, communications and intercept. Photo: IAI

Today at 07:20 (Israel time), Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), in collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD), conducted the first successful flight test of the Barak-8 Air & Missile Defense System. On this test, held at the weapon test range in the Negev desert the system employed all the elements related to the naval and land-based variants of the system, including the phased array radar, battle management system, communications and the Barak-8 interceptor, which intercepted a manoeuvring air-breathing target representing an attacking combat aircraft.

The successful test validated the entire system which has already undergone exhaustive partial testing and simulations. The flight test has been delayed for months due to late arrival of parts of the propulsion systems, which have been released by India in the past months. Senior Indian officials attended the test. “This is an important milestone in the cooperation between India and Israel and in the development of the Barak-8 advanced air defense system” Dr. Avinash Chander, Head of DRDO and Scientific adviser to the Indian defense minister.

Barak 8 is also designed to defeat advanced threats such as the supersonic cruise missiles such as the Chinese CX-1 or Russian Yakhont

“The Barak-8 project expresses a constructive cooperation between the Indian DRDO, the Israeli DDR&D and both countries’ Defense Forces; together they have all pushed forward this important program, overcoming technological challenges and earning achievements along the way.” Rear Admiral (Res.) Ophir Shoham, head of Israel’s Research and Development directorate added.

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Barak 8 provides high level of protection against a variety of aerial platforms and munitions including aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft and sea-skimming missiles under all weather conditions. In addition to conventional sea skimming missiles, which fly in subsonic speed, Barak 8 is also designed to defeat advanced threats such as the supersonic cruise missiles such as the new CX-1 or Yakhont.

IAI officials are confident that the system could become operational in few months

Its interceptor is a missile developed by RAFAEL, in collaboration with India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). Other key elements are the advanced phased array multi mission radar, two-way data link, and flexible command and control system enabling the system to be used as an area defense system, by integrating several fire units, sensors and command centers into an air defense ‘networked mesh’.

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The system is scheduled to go through an accelerated testing campaign in the next years, which will include more verification tests, and launches at sea launches. Some of the tests are expected to take place in India. Although the missile testing have only started, IAI officials are confident that the system could become operational in few months, as most of the system’s elements have been thoroughly tested, some are already installed on surface ships in India and Israel.

Barak 8 air defense systems have been marketed by IAI and DRDO for several years, and have orders worth several billion US$ from a number of countries on books. Apart from India and Israel, Azerbaijan reportedly became a customer for the system. IAI is offering the system as new installations on surface vessels, as well as an upgrading of existing Barak-1 systems, providing extended coverage, providing air defense of naval groups, rather than the point defense of the carrying vessel, provided by Barak-1. Barak-1 systems are currently operational with the Navies of India, Chile, Singapore and Israel.

The INS Lahav (Saar V class) corvette was upgraded with the MF-STAR ADIR phased array radar, providing the vessel a critical sensor for the defense of Israel's offshore gas drilling rigs located in the EEZ, at the range of Gaza rockets and Hezbollah Yakhont anti-ship missiles. The Navy has recently successfully practiced air defense against those thraets, using BARAK I missiles. Future weapons, such as Barak 8, C-DOME and David's Sling will provide more hermetic defense from such threats. Photo: Israel Navy
The INS Lahav (Saar V class) corvette was upgraded with the MF-STAR ADIR phased array radar, providing the vessel a critical sensor for the defense of Israel’s offshore gas drilling rigs located in the EEZ, at the range of Gaza rockets and Hezbollah Yakhont anti-ship missiles. The Navy has recently successfully practiced air defense against those thraets, using BARAK I missiles. Future weapons, such as Barak 8, C-DOME and David’s Sling will provide more hermetic defense from such threats. Photo: Israel Navy