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Defence Min: Army Development Programme ‘Response to Defence Challenges’

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.12.09.

In response to conventional and new types of security and defence challenges in the region, Hungary has launched a comprehensive defence and armed forces development programme, Defence Minister Tibor Benkő said at his annual hearing in parliament on Tuesday.

The Command of the Hungarian Armed Forces was established in 2019 to oversee the coordination of tasks in the programme, Benkő told the defence and law enforcement committee. In addition, a Cyber Operations Centre, a cyber observation post and a cyber academy were also established, he said.

Defence Minister: Army Development Progresses as Scheduled
Defence Minister: Army Development Progresses as Scheduled

The development of the Hungarian Armed Forces progresses in line with schedule, the defence minister told parliament’s national security committee on Tuesday. In a regular annual hearing, Tibor Benkő said that the Hungarian army should become a significant power for the region to guarantee peace, security and stability in central Europe. This requires technical developments […]Continue reading

In terms of staff, Benkő said the number of professional, contract and reserve soldiers has increased. The number of volunteer reserves has gone up to around 10,300 from 9,100 at the end of last year.

The minister further noted the arrival of 16 of 20 Airbus H145M military helicopters ordered by Hungary by the end of the year, as part of the army development programme. Additionally, 8 Russian-made helicopters have been upgraded, Benkő said. A fleet of Airbus A319 aircraft are available also for intensive medical care service, he said.

Hungary Takes Delivery of Leopard Battle Tanks
Hungary Takes Delivery of Leopard Battle Tanks

Defence Minister Tibor Benkő took delivery of the first four Leopard 2A4HU battle tanks at the army base in Tata, in northern Hungary, on Friday. The delivery of the tanks is the first step in the upgrade of the Hungarian military’s armoured fighting vehicles, the minister said. The new vehicles delivered by Frank Haun, the […]Continue reading

In addition, some 1,100 troops have also been assigned to help at 93 hospitals in operations related to coronavirus protection, the defence minister told the committee.

Featured photo illustration by Zoltán Máthé/MTI