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Orbán: Hungary to Expand Cooperation with German Defence Giant Rheinmetall

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.05.18.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed with the head of German defence giant Rheinmetall the Hungarian production of Lynx armoured infantry fighting vehicles, arms industry research and development, and ways to boost Hungary’s defence and economy, Orbán’s press chief said.

Bertalan Havasi said Orbán met Armin Papperger in his office on Tuesday and discussed ways to strengthen Hungary’s strategic partnership with the Dusseldorf-based company. The sides signed a cooperation agreement on the joint development and manufacture of short-range air defence missile systems, turret guns and special medium-calibre grenades.

Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics and government commissioner Gáspár Maróth also attended Tuesday’s meeting, Havasi said.

Lynx-s for Hungarian Army to be Equipped with StrikeShield
Lynx-s for Hungarian Army to be Equipped with StrikeShield

The batch of Lynx armoured infantry fighting vehicles purchased by the Hungarian army will be fitted with German Rheinmetall’s StrikeShield active protection system, a government defence official said on Thursday. “The so-called active protection system will provide the highest level of security available today for the Hungarian army’s new armoured combat vehicles,” the secretariat of […]Continue reading

Rheinmetall Hungary’s regional strategy was on the agenda, and the officials were in agreement that joint investments already under way, including a Lynx plant in Zalaegerszeg, had greatly contributed to Hungary’s economic development and job creation. These projects not only boost Hungary’s sovereignty but also enhance European defence capabilities and its strategic autonomy, the press chief said.

Featured photo by Zoltán Fischer/PM’s Press Office