A video showing the newly acquired Lynx KF-41 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) being put through their paces has been published by the Ministry of Defense. “Hungary is building a strong, high-tech army! The Defense and Military Development Program will continue in 2023,” reads the ministry’s social media post.
The tracked IFVs equipped with a turret mounted 30 mm cannon are currently manufactured by the defense company Rheinmetall in Germany, but a batch of 180 will eventually be produced in Western Hungary’s Zalaegerszeg. Along with the new Leopard 2A7+ main battle tanks, the Lynxes will form the fighting core of the Hungarian land forces.
As the video demonstrates, the Hungarian Lynxes are 8.49 meters long, 3.8 meters wide and 3.73 meters tall and can carry up to eight soldiers (11 with the crew). They weigh as much as 45 tons and are expected to be outfitted with an active protection system that neutralizes incoming threats by firing an explosive projectile towards them.
Featured photo via Ministry of Defense