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HDF 59th ‘Dezső Szentgyörgyi’ Air Base (Kecskemét)

Mission: defending the integrity of the airspace and the territory and also the units of the Republic of Hungary and of NATO allies in cooperation with the assigned forces of NATO and the HDF Air Force. Main tasks: maintaining permanent state of readiness to detect aircraft violating the airspace and the aviation regulations and to assist air crew in distress; defence of the Republic of Hungary and NATO member states and their units against enemy air attacks; visual reconnaissance and air support.

The role of Kecskemét in Hungarian military history was always of paramount importance. Its airport was handed over in 1937, but it was demolished in 1944 during the summer Anglo-Saxon air raids. The rebuilding of the base lasted until 1948, and the following decades were characterized by continuous transformations.

The formation took on the name of Dezso Szentgyörgyi on April 28, 1990, and a year later it was transformed into a regiment and the MH 59. Dezso Szentgyörgyi Flying Aviation was created. On January 24, 2005, Sweden began the re-training of the first five Hungarian pilots and the designated technical staff for the JAS-39 Gripen type fighter aircraft.

Main aircraft types:

  • JAS 39 EBS HU GRIPEN fighter jets
  • An-26T tactical transport aircraft

The first Hungarian Gripen rolled out of the SAAB factory in Sweden on January 25, 2005 and landed the first Gripen on the base run on March 21, 2006. In the same year, the flight controllers could move into a refurbished, state-of-the-art tower. Continuous developments are part of NATO integration, the base is ready to implement new tasks and to receive and serve NATO airplane types.

HDF 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base (Szolnok)

Mission: air transport and defence of units and close air support of their combat missions. Main tasks: air search and rescue on the territory of the Republic of Hungary; close air support; military, economic and official air transport in and outside Hungary; training of flight crews and flight technicians, tasks of the “NATO Flying Training in Canada” program; taking part in consequence management operations in the wake of natural, industrial and environmental disasters

Depending on the core activities set out in the founding document, the implementation of tasks are related to the maneuvers and the harnessing of the troops deployed to handle an event requiring the use of military force, national and international crisis situations. Provision of flying and flying technical education, operation and practice flights, domestic and foreign military and economic air transport operations, and caring for military and military traditions. In addition to carrying out basic tasks, the main developmental trend of the base is the fulfillment of NATO requirements, which build on the structure of the newly formed organization and the implementation of the training tasks.

The basic tasks of the base are provided by a helicopter battalion, a combat helicopter battalion, a mixed training flight squad, and a server-security sub-unit belonging to the organization. Main aircraft types:

  • Mi-8, Mi-17 medium transport helicopter;
  • Mi-24D, Mi-24V, Mi-24P attack helicopter;
  • YaK-52 trainer.

Military airplanes are stationed at the SNC Military Airport from the beginning of the 1940s. The direct predecessor of the base is calculated from 1 August 2004. At that time the MH 87. Bakony Combat Helicopter Regiment and MH 89. Szolnok Mixed Branding Helicopter were formed on the personal and technical basis of the MH 86. Szolnok Helicopter Regiment, after the change of organization on 1 March 2007 the MH 86. Szolnok Helicopter Base.

Service support unit for aircraft units: HDF Pápa Air Base (Pápa)

Mission: providing Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) service, receiving aircraft of the Hungarian Defence Forces, supporting the activities of the western region air search and rescue (SAR) service. Main task: Maintaining continuous contact with allied forces deployed in Pápa in the framework of Host Nation Support, executing support tasks.

The 24th fighter regiment was formed on November 1, 1950, but only in 1961 Popa became the garrison of the Air Force. Even this year, the new MiG-21 F-13 fighters arrived. In 1974, the regiment was overhauled into the MiG-21 MF, and in 1978, two-hundred-year-old MiG-21 BISZ fighter aircraft and one hundred in MiG-23 MF aircraft were resumed as part of the development process. In 1992, the headquarters picked up the 47th Pope Fighting Aviation War. On June 30, 2001, the MH 47th Fighting Aviation Flight was terminated. On 1 July 2001 the MH Pápa Base Airport was established. On September 26, 2005, the solemn opening and transfer of the base aerodrome took place.

In 2008, the Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) and the NATO Airlift Management Agency (NAMA), based on the Memorandum of Understanding and the Basel Convention, installed the MH Papa Airport Base Airport. On 18 July 2009, the first C-17 Globemaster III arrived. to the MH Pápa Base Airport, where they were solemnly welcomed. On September 21 and September 12, 2009, the second and third aircraft arrived at the base station. After 2009, the number of air operations continued to increase. After 2015, the base airport is becoming more and more international practice venues. From August 1, 2017, the MH Pápa Base Airport operates as a regimental organization.

HDF 12th Arrabona Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) Regiment (Győr)

Mission: providing air defence cover in cooperation with national or allied forces within NATINADS – the NATO Integrated Air Defence System. Main tasks: providing national Air Defence Readiness Ser vice; providing SAM protection for territories, objects and forces engaged in operations in the designated Missile Engagement Zones (MEZ). In order to protect the territory of the country or in the fulfillment of NATO and EU obligations, in accordance with the objectives set by the supreme commander, in accordance with the objectives specified by the supreme commander, a special command, within the prescribed standby time.

The regiment is the Armed Forces Army's only air defense missile. The organization has a command, a trilogy, a battalion, two anti-missile roles, a logistics battalion, a garrison sub-unit, a health center and a training squad. Main equipment:

  • KUB (SA-6) short-range SAM systems (upgraded);
  • MISTRAL very short-range SAM systems;
  • deployable ICC;
  • K1P automated fire control system;
  • K2PC mobile universal command post;
  • ICC-K2PC integrated tactical command post.

The history of the regiment is based on the 86th Air Force (and later the 7th Air Defense Gunner- Rocket) regiment with the largest and richest traditions founded on April 15, 1950. In 1989 and the following years, there were profound changes in the country's life (the proclamation of the Republic, the multi-party system, NATO's intention to join) and, consequently, the army (March 15, 1990, Hungarian Defense Forces). In 1991 the withdrawal of Soviet troops was completed and the Warsaw Pact was abolished. The principle of sufficient force to protect demanded a smaller, more modern, powerful military force that suited economic opportunities. In addition, the whole of the force transformation was influenced by the ever-increasing NATO orientation.

In the case of air defense, the organizing wave first reached the 105th Air Defense Rocket Arena, which was closed until June 30, 1990 by the 104/2. together with the air defense missile division (Szabadszállás). With this, the Borsod fire system ceased. On July 30, 1991, the 104th Airborne Missile Commander (two classes and the class group were placed under the subordination of the 11th Airborne Missile Defense). The LKK and CSLKK have also been abolished.

The regiment was established by the Minister of Defense with effect from March 1, 2007, eliminating the 12th Arrabona Air Defense Rocket Standard. Successful anti-aircraft rocket launchers made a sharp shot in 2002, 2003 and 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and in 2013 and 2015 and 2017. Its subordinates have stood prominently in flood control (Tisza 2000, Danube 2002, Danube 2006, Tisza 2006, Cuha-Bakony 2010, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County 2010, Mosoni-Duna 2013) and in 2010 they participated in the red sludge disaster repairing and scraping works, as well as excellent defense and rescue tasks due to the emergency snow situation in 2013. Since the fall of 2015, soldiers of the regiment were constantly involved in the tasks of managing crisis situations caused by migration.

MH 54th Veszprém Air Surveillance and Control Systems (ASACS) Regiment

About 500,000 aircraft use the Hungarian airspace per year. HDF airmen work together with the civilian air traffic control authorities to ensure the security of the passengers and the population. Main tasks: defending the airspace of the Republic of Hungary, surveillance of the airspace as specified by the Alliance, ensuring lawful and flexible use of the airspace, tactical control of different weapon systems in the area designated by NATO. The purpose of the regiment is to provide the supportive and assurance tasks required in the pre-eminence measures to ensure the legitimate and flexible use of Hungary's airspace sovereignty (airspace sovereignty), to protect and control its airspace and to unexpected air raids.

The Airborne Monitoring and Signaling System was established on June 15, 1949 by the National Air Defense Command subordination. The team's party was June 15, as its predecessor organization, the Air Observer and Signal System, was founded on June 15, 1949. In 1952, the first SCR 527 type American radar was installed. From that point on, the development of the radar technology, its positioning and the number of radar technology determined the structure and the name of the predecessor organizations. From September 1, 1997 MH 64. Veszprém Airborne Control Regiment was the name of the group. On March 12, 1999, with the entry of NATO into NATO, the regiment is part of NATO's integrated air defense system, NATINADS. Name of the unit since 1 February 2011 MH 54. Veszprém Radarezred.


  • RAT-31DL long-range, 3D radar station
  • P-37 radar station
  • ST-68U radar station
  • P-18 radar station
  • PRV-17 height finder radar station

Regarding the radar technology in the past few years, significant developments have been made: in 2006, Békéscsaba and the new 3D radars were installed in Bánkúto, which were operational in 2014. Next, in 2015, the third 3D radar was also available in Medina. Organizational structure

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