Comprehensive military modernization program has been launched

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The goal is to turn the Hungarian Army into a potent force by 2026 said Minister of Defence István Simicskó at the Hungarian Defence Forces Annual executive meeting on Tuesday in Budapest.

Simicskó recalled that the government had already approved the modernization plan thanks to the growing economy that supports the successful completion of the program.

The medium and long-term plan when completed will enable the Hungarian Defence Force to meet future security challenges.

Part of the program includes the modernization of troops equipment including their weaponry as well as the expansion of the air force by acquiring more aircrafts and helicopters.

The program foresees the revival of the Hungarian defence industry and anticipates investments in the armed forces’ non-conventional capabilities by supporting IT research and development.

The Zrínyi 2026 modernization program is based on the principle of "defence of the homeland."

The program pays particular attention to the revival of the volunteer reservist force. Currently, about 5300 reservists serve in the armed forces which number will be increased in the coming years. The goal is to establish reservist units in all 197 administrative districts of the country.

Hungary supports the American administration's call for more equitable burden-sharing among NATO states.

Hungary was the first NATO country that has released a clear plan in 2012 supporting a raise in defense spending by 2 percent to meet the military alliance’s long term goals said Tamás Vargha, State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence in Brussels on Thursday, after NATO defense ministers two-day conference.

(MTI -


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