Hungary is in a process of modernization of its armed forces with new defense spending 0310143

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Defence & Security News - Hungary

 
 
Friday, October 3, 2014 10:25 AM
 
Hungary is in a process of modernization of its armed forces with new defense spending.
The Hungarian military is on the way of a “technical modernisation process”, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the public media on Thursday, October 2, 2014. After observing a military exercise in Osku, in western Hungary, Orban said that it has become necessary to replace basic equipment. He said it would be “rather costly” but added that it need not be completed “in one go”. (Source POLITICS.HU)
     
The Hungarian military is on the way of a “technical modernisation process”, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the public media on Thursday, October 2, 2014. After observing a military exercise in Osku, in western Hungary, Orban said that it has become necessary to replace basic equipment. He said it would be “rather costly” but added that it need not be completed “in one go”. (Source POLITICS.HU)
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban with Hungarian soldiers at joint Hungarian-US military exercise near Osku village, Hungary, on October 2, 2014.
     

Orban added that the government would complete a military procurement schedule by November.

Orban said helicopter procurement also figured in the government’s plans, though this wasn’t “a cheap thing”, and for this reason the government has put together a list of all possible offers and it would soon come to a decision based on what is best from the military and budget point of view.

Concerning the exercise, Orban said that it had been a simulation of current clashes along the Ukraine-Russia border. He noted that NATO had been determined to hold an international military exercise which simulates the situation which has emerged on the Ukraine-Russia border and mitigates threats. “We continually have to show strength,” he said, adding that in order for people to obtain the right to have peace, strength is needed, and the current exercises are a demonstration of this strength.

Hungary is now strong enough to be capable of cooperating within NATO — and soon with the strength of a battalion, he said.

The prime minister confirmed that Hungary would raise its military spending.

 

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