Hungarian Armed Forces to give priority to the development of the special operations forces

Thursday, April 25, 2013

One of the top priorities of strategic planning of the Ministry of Defence is to improve the capabilities of the Hungarian special operations forces said Minister of Defence Csaba Hende after holding talks with the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces commander Major General Michael Repass in Budapest.

At the Monday's meeting the parties reviewed Hungarian-American military cooperation, particularly with regard to working together in Afghanistan paying special attention to improving responsiveness in battlefield special operations.

The design and development of the Hungarian army special operations force have been taking place since 2005 at the MH 34 László Bercsényi Special Operations Battalion base. Hungarian Special Operations Forces have been serving in Afganistan since 2009, as part of the U.S. international security force (ISAF).

The participation of the Hungarian Army Special Forces in Afghanistan theatre of operations have changed in November 2012, when it was transformed and in terms of numbers and skills it was reinforced. Two Hungarian special units operate under the US-led Task Force 10; the task of the fighting units is to curb the activities of anti-government forces and train and support Afghan national security forces.

NATO recently confirmed that the Hungarian Special Operations Forces capabilities developed by the U.S. assistance has reached appropriate level of NATO readiness said the minister.

At the meeting commander Michael Repass praised the Hungarian Army's field performance capabilities and its readiness. The parties agreed that further development of the special forces capabilities is important for both countries.

Deputy State Secretary for Defence Peter Sztáray said "overall, the image of the Hungarian army in NATO is good due to the country's involvement in Afghanistan where a strong US-Hungarian and Hungarian-German military cooperation has been developed”.

The greatest benefits of engagement in Afghanistan were that Hungarian troops acquired real combat experience and Hungary managed to develop closer ties with its allies; as a result, the American government donated 40 million dollars in military equipment to the Hungarian Armed Forces during this period, which greatly contributing to the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) effectiveness in Afghanistan.

(MTI –


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