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  • KC-390 for Magyar Légierö
    KC-390 for Magyar Légierö 18 November 2020
    A contract has been signed between Brazil-based firm Embraer and Hungary for the KC-390 transport aircraft. Brazil will deliver two KC-390s for the Hungarian Air Force (Magyar Légierö), which can also refuel in mid-air. Under the contract, pilot and technician training will also be provided to Hungary. Embraer said the possibility of opening a production line or assembly line for the KC-390 in Hungary will be explored. The transport plane, which can carry Cobha...
  • Hungary to Acquire Rheinmetall’s New Lynx Fighting Vehicle
    Hungary to Acquire Rheinmetall’s New Lynx Fighting Vehicle 14 September 2020
    Hungary will become the first customer of Rheinmetall’s new Lynx infantry fighting vehicle. Hungary will buy 218 Lynx KF41 vehicles and pay more than $2 billion. Rheinmetall’s U.S. $2.4 billion contract with the Hungarian government, signed in Budapest, is for 218 Lynx KF41 vehicles, nine Buffalo armoured recovery vehicles, as well as spares and simulators, the company wrote in a statement. The Lynx vehicles will be equipped with Rheinmetall’s manned Lance 30mm tur...
  • New Dimension in Armament
    New Dimension in Armament 19 August 2020
    Some of the Iron Curtain Countries of the Cold War era now NATO allies. Relatively new members of the pact are continuing their armament efforts at full speed in line with the new standards. Hungary signed an important main battle tank acquisition contract with Germany last year. In this context, the first Leopard 2A4s were delivered to Hungary in the past weeks. Wanting to take its investments in the field of defence one step further, Budapest turned to licensed production. KF41 Ly...
  • AMRAAM-ER Will Protect Hungary Airspace
    AMRAAM-ER Will Protect Hungary Airspace 15 August 2020
    Hungary has reached an agreement with the United States for the missile to be deployed in NASAMS air defence system. Hungary has purchased the AMRAAM-ER, the AMRAAM air-to-air missile developed by Raytheon, an expanded range variant from sale to air. Budapest will pay US$1 billion in exchange for ammunition.  NASAMS, a medium-range, network-centric air defence system produced by Raytheon and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, can launch multiple missiles, including AM...
  • First Leopard 2A4 Delivery to New Customer
    First Leopard 2A4 Delivery to New Customer 21 July 2020
    The old Iron Curtain countries, which some of them are a part of NATO today, continue to acquire new defence systems within the scope of the army's orientation to new standards. Hungary, which has T-72s from the Cold War era in its inventory, signed an agreement with Germany for the acquisition of new main battle tanks in recent months. The first batch of Leopard 2A4 tanks procured under the contract reached the country via motorway on Hedyashalom Border after refurbis...
  • RCWS Export Success of ASELSAN
    RCWS Export Success of ASELSAN 10 April 2020
    Delivering thousands of remote-controlled weapons stations (RCWS) to the Turkish Armed Forces, ASELSAN added another to its export success. The company has announced its RCWS export to a NATO country from its official social media account. "#ASELSAN has signed a contract for remote control weapon systems and firing spot detection systems for the use of a NATO member country." description used in the share. In September 2019, Hungary announced that ...
  • Saab Delivers Deployable Maintenance Facility to Hungary
    Saab Delivers Deployable Maintenance Facility to Hungary 10 December 2019
    Swedish Saab has announced that it has delivered the DAM (Deployable Aircraft Maintenance ) facility mobile fighter support unit to the Hungarian Air Force. The DAM Collection is a complete fighter aircraft support solution that can be deployed quickly to any terrain with minimal ground-level preparation. The delivery stems from a contract signed between Saab and the Hungarian Ministry of Defence in December 2018. DAM provides capability equivalent to stationary maintenance infrastr...
  • EU Force Generating
    EU Force Generating 14 November 2019
    Europe is taking important steps to unite its strength in the defence industry. Collaboration on Permanent Structured Cooperation and defence is seen as the new step of the European Union (EU). ‘’When Europeans join forces, our impact is higher than we imagine’’ EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said PESCO helps EU Member States work closely in the field of security and defence. PESCO was established in December 2017 and aims to improve the defence capabilities...
  • Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil
    Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil 16 September 2019
    Swedish manufacturer Saab has presented the first Brazilian Gripen E fighter aircraft during a ceremony in Linköping, Sweden, to begin the flight test program. The ceremony was attended by representatives from Brazilian Air Force, Swedish Air Force, Saab, and defence ministers of the two countries. Initially, flight tests will be performed in Sweden and by the end of 2020, the aircraft will move to Brazil to continue the flight test campaign in the country. In 2021, deliveries ...
  • AIM-120C-7 for Hungary
    AIM-120C-7 for Hungary 28 August 2019
    The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced. The Government of Hungary has also requested to buy four spare AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM guidance sections, four spare AIM-120C-7 control sections, six AMRAAM training missiles (CATM-120C), missile containers, classified software (for the AN/MPQ-64F1 Sentinel Radar requested by Hungary through Direct Commercial Sale), comm...
  • Historical Development of Air Vehicle Design Genetics (3) 16 March 2019
    Thousands of aircraft and trained pilots, suspended from duty in the aftermath of the Second World War, found a place in civil aviation, thus paving the way to a the rapidly burgeoning commercial cargo and passenger transportation sector. The Cold War itself set the stage for the development of an unprecedented aircraft industry, offering employment for tens of millions of people from both ideological camps. It is thanks to a fight for survival, in which all resources were mobilised...
  • Hungary to Sell Off Decommissioned Mig-29s
    Hungary to Sell Off Decommissioned Mig-29s 15 February 2019
    The Hungarian Ministry of Defence has put its remaining fleet of decommissioned MiG-29 fighters up for sale. The single lot includes 19 aircraft (some of which are not airworthy and partly cannibalised), 20 engines, and 293 other items including integrated weapons. The initial price for the package has been set at USD10 million and the deal must be approved by the relevant Russian authorities.
  • Hungary to Procure Mortar
    Hungary to Procure Mortar 21 July 2018
    Hungary has decided to change the mortars. Hungarian National Defence Ministry opened an 81 millimeter mortar and round procurement tender in this context. Hungary, which wants to replace 50 Soviet-produced 82 mm BM-37 mortars in its inventory with new generation systems, has set 40 mortars with additional 20 options. 24 fire control systems along with mortars and necessary logistic package are among the requests. Hungary also will procure with 36 classroom cutaway training munitions,&nb...
  • Slovakia selects F-16 over Gripen
    Slovakia selects F-16 over Gripen 12 July 2018
    Slovakia has selected Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets over a competing bid from Saab's Gripen to replace its ageing MiG-29 fleet. Slovakia will buy 14 F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft. According to Reuters it would cost $1.3 billion for the 14 jets. Slovakia’s choice of the U.S. jet over its Swedish counterpart is notable in a regional context, as two of its closest neighbours ― Hungary and the Czech Republic ― operate the Gripen. Poland, however, operates the F-16.
  • New User to H145M
    New User to H145M 30 June 2018
    Hungarian Ministry of Defence ordered 20 H145Ms under the military modernization program of the country. Ordered helicopters will also have the HForce weapon management system developed by Airbus. Airbus will also provide extensive training and support package with the helicopters under the agreement. Having a maximum take-off weight of 3.7 tonnes, the H145M is capable of many missions, including armed reconnaissance missions. Helicopters procured by Hungary will have a hi...
  • China’s Europe Policy: “Divide and Rule”
    China’s Europe Policy: “Divide and Rule” 18 March 2018
    The time-honoured “divide and rule” policy of the West is reshaped today at the hands of the East to work against the West. China, which further deepens the pre-existing cracks in the European Union with its economic openings, moves slowly yet adeptly while expanding its geographical and diplomatic room for manoeuvre.  The Chinese Communist Party, which restricted presidents to two five-year terms, has just lifted this ban. Thus, the door for Xi Jinping to serve for...
  • Hungary Takes Action for Mi-24s
    Hungary Takes Action for Mi-24s 12 December 2017
    Russia will carry out the overhaul of 12 Mi-24D air strike helicopters of the Hungarian Air Force in the framework of the agreement signed on October 31. Hungary's existing Mi-24 fleet was unsuitable for flights for many years due to lack of funding. This is the second major agreement signed with Russia for the overhaul work on Hungarian helicopters. Hungarian Air Force also awarded a contract for the repair of five multipurpose Mi-17 helicopters in 2017. 
  • Hungary To Procure MEDEVAC Aircraft
    Hungary To Procure MEDEVAC Aircraft 8 December 2017
    Hungary plans to procure three second-hand multipurpose troop transport and medical evacuation (medevac) transport aircraft to be commissioned next year. The purchase is a part of the first step of a two-phase plan unveiled by the Hungarian Armed Forces Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Tibor Benkő. The acquisition falls under the country's 10-year Zrinyi 2026 procurement programme.
  • H145M with HForce Makes Maiden Flight
    H145M with HForce Makes Maiden Flight 11 September 2017
    Airbus Defence and Space announced on 8 September that at the end of August, the H145M performed its first flight with a complete HForce weapon system in Donauwörth.  Airbus H145M can be equipped with all kind of guided and ballistic armaments such as missiles and laser guided rockets, guns, machine guns and rockets. The qualification of HForce for use on the H145M is planned for 2018, after completion of testing the whole fire mission spectrum in Hunga...
  • “Quo Vadis” Europe? 28 January 2017
    European states are falling down one after another like dominoes, in a spiral of rising conservatism. In this process, 2017 signifies an important turning point.  This year, the United Kingdom will take more steps closer to Brexit while general and/or presidential elections will be observed in many European countries like the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Slovenia. If we consider Germany as trying to hold on like a robust fortress, it is possibl...
  • The Rising Right in Asia 10 January 2017
    While the rising right in Europe and the United States promotes inward-looking and protectionist policies as well as anti-immigration, the same trend in three Asian giants is reflected in historical-based ethnic nationalism and active engagement in foreign policy. Rising popularity of the Right throughout the world manifests itself in many ways: Brexit in the United Kingdom; Donald Trump in the United States; election campaigns and immigration policies in continental Europe’s ...
  • Hungary to begin its Zrínyi 2026 Programme
    Hungary to begin its Zrínyi 2026 Programme 23 December 2016
    Hungarian Defence Minister István Simicskó announced the defence and military forces development programme called Zrínyi 2026.  The Minister said they would like to place the Hungarian Defence Forces on an upward course by virtue of the availability of additional funds and the implementation of developments. Such developments are summed up with the Zrínyi 2026 Programme that features the reorganisation of the system of voluntary reservists and t...
  • A First by Georgia
    A First by Georgia 10 November 2016
    The first joint military drill of Georgia and NATO began today at the Joint Training and Evaluation Center, Georgia. The participant countries include Turkey, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium, Slovenia, UK, US, Ukraine and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The main goal of this exercise is to train troops to plan NATO operations and improve interoperability between participant countries. The multinational drill will end on 20 November.
  • AMSE16 Has Begun
    AMSE16 Has Begun 30 August 2016
    NATO has launched a comprehensive international air force exercise on 30 August with participation of 1500 troops from 17 member countries in Central Europe. Named Ample Strike 2016 (AMSE16), the exercise will be held in 6 different regions in Czechya. AMSE16's aim is to test and improve the communication between ground-based forward air controllers and the planes and helicopters, which are assigned to strike hypothetical opponents. Aircraft deployed in Hungary, G...
  • Czechs and Hungarians to set Joint Gripen Squadron 26 March 2016
    The Czech Government is considering setting up a joint air squadron with Hungary that would comprise Saab JAS-39 Gripen fighter jets. Aircrafts will be operated by the two countries’ air forces, local news agency CTK reported. Czech Air Forces operate 14 Gripens, and the country’s government had been planning to establish a joint squadron with neighbouring Slovakia. However, Bratislava postpone its planned lease of the Gripen fighters. Prague pays some US $54 million annually to operat...