Hungary and Sweden negotiating military-industrial cooperation in modernization of the Hungarian Armed Forces

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Swedish Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist and Hungarian Minister of Defense István Simicskó met on Tuesday in Budapest to discuss military-industrial cooperation between the two countries.

Minister Simicskó informed his Swedish counterpart about the various elements of the Zrínyi 2026 development program, which outlines the modernization of the Hungarian Defense Forces.

The two sides also discussed the future of the Hungarian Gripen fleet; regarding the latter, Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist expressed his appreciation for Hungary being the first country in the region with which Sweden could conclude an agreement on the acquisition of Gripen fighter jets.

István Simicskó added that the two sides have agreed to deepen cooperation with regard to enhancing the Gripen weapons systems - it is important that the Hungarian Air Force develop capabilities to respond sensibly to unexpectedly emerging challenges, he added.

On December 20, 2001, Hungary signed a ten-year lease agreement with Sweden on the acquisition of fourteen JAS-39 Gripen fighter jets.

The parties changed the Gripen agreement in 2003 and then in 2012. The changes included reducing the budget burden, modifying the payment schedule, extending the ten-year maturity and incorporating training tasks into the agreement.

István Simicskó said that they had also discussed the global security situation, which has been posing challenges for both countries.

In addition, the Hungarian defence minister received useful information about the Swedish Military Reserve Force, which consists of some 22,000 reservists.

Hungary also in the process of setting up a strong reserve force.

(MTI -


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