On the occasion of St. Christopher’s Day, the patron saint of tankers, a military day was held at the Klapka György 1st Armored Brigade of the Hungarian Defense Forces in Tata (northwestern Hungary) on July 28, reportsHonvedelem.hu.
At the event, a letter of greetings was read out by Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Minister of Defense, and Lieutenant General Dr. Gábor Böröndi, Chief of the Defense Staff. “Since the beginning of the formation of the Armed Forces, the soldiers have always striven to perform their duty of serving the homeland at the highest possible level.”
When greeting the personnel they said: “Today, when the security situation in our country and in Europe has fundamentally changed, while our immediate neighbor has been at war for almost a year and a half, you continue to carry out your daily duties with the same dedication and commitment as you have always done.” As they emphasized,
one of the priorities of the Defense and Military Development Program is the improvement of land forces, including armored technology.
“With the Leopard 2A4HU tanks, it has been made possible for the soon-to-arrive, world-class Leopard 2A7HU tanks to be used by a perfectly trained, motivated force that is always proud of the Hungarian uniform.”
The Zrínyi Defense and Military Development Program aims to make the Hungarian Defense Forces one of the most modern forces in the region by 2026. The goal is to overcome decades of technical and infrastructural backlog. The development program for all branches of the armed forces is accompanied by a plan for the improvement of the defense industry: those assets that could be procured will be manufactured, assembled, or compensated by some other economic means in Hungary.
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Colonel István Hajnal, Deputy Commander of the Land Forces Command of the Hungarian Defense Forces, addressing the celebrated personnel, stressed that the role of this weapon on the battlefield – representing a distinctive, real power – is unquestionable. He added that the personnel will have all the conditions to improve their existing knowledge and skills to an even higher level in order to better fulfill their sacred duty of defending the homeland.
The welcoming remarks were followed by the presentation of awards, and then a speech by Colonel István Tóth, Commander of the Klapka György 1st Armored Brigade of the Hungarian Defense Forces.
You are serving in the tank armory at a time when, as a result of a historic military development, you will soon be equipped with technical equipment that will be at the forefront of the world’s technology,”
said the commander, referring to the Leopard 2A7HU tanks.
Armed Forces Day was closed by a dynamic performance by the 11th Tank Battalion of the gallant Ervin Tarczay. The audience was able to watch the demonstration of a T-72 medium tank and a Leopard 2A4HU tank.