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Hungary - Lynx IFV

The largest item of the Hungarian force development program will be the procurement of armored troop transporters under the 2026 force modernization program called Zrnyi. Minister of Defense Tibor Benko spoke in January 2019 about the fact that the replacement of infantry transport vehicles was also planned, so there was a good chance that Hungary will soon have to replace the otherwise continuously modernized and maintained BTR-80s. The BTR-80's weak armor protection makes it insufficient in conditions of intense warfare, while its transported soldiers have to disembark directly in enemy fire. The state-of-the-art models had rear doors where the entire body of the vehicle provided cover for the rabbits.

The Ministry of Defense Tibor Benko announced that a heavy brigade was being set up within the Armed Forces, and that this would require the acquisition of heavily armed infantry fighting vehicles. Hungary had not had such equipment since the withdrawal of the BMP-1s. Hungary was negotiating with several countries for the purchase of tracked infantry combat vehicles; although in the absence of an official announcement observers could only ponder the odds. It was believed that the most likely options were German Lynxes or Puma, or Turkish Otokar Tulpar or Kaplan-20 IFVs.

The heavy brigade, which has been included in NATO planning for a long time as a Hungarian capability, must be equipped and deployed by the end of the ten-year planning cycle, by 2026 at the latest. Thus it was almost certain that priority will be given to the acquisition of modern tracked infantry vehicles and tanks, as well as combat vehicles capable of performing the function of tanks in the future. The Soviet-Russian BTR-80 family and the T-72 tanks, which today determine the armored vehicle fleet of the army, can no longer meet this requirement.

German manufacturer seems to be the favorite. The army seemed poised to buy a tracked vehicle from an armored combat vehicle, namely also from a German source, if the tank and the artillery system are already German. At least 200 modern armored troop carriers will have to be purchased to replace the long-obsolete Soviet BTR-80s of the shooting brigades. The combat brigades are equipped with tanks, artillery support and armored troop transport vehicles.

It came as a big surprise when two Turkish MRAPs, one by Ejder Yalcin and one by NMS Yrk, appeared at the 2019 year's Budars military technology festival. In addition, the Hungarian government was actively looking for opportunities to deepen economic ties with the Turks, so it is easy to buy an infantry fighting vehicle from them. Hungary seemed to have a good chance of opting for Swiss MOWAG Piranha Vs only if the goal is to find a vehicle that fulfills the responsibilities of PSZHs and IFVs at the same time , ie the tool would be perfectly suited to represent a combined combat style in the future, which (as needed) is currently provided by the BTR-80As.

There was speculation in the Hungarian press 03 April 2019 that the purchase of 200 Puma IFVs manufactured by the German Krauss-Maffei Wegmann factory would be logical next step. Although the acquisition of these combat vehicles is already treated as a ready-made fact in some circles , we know that the Cougars are only one of the possible competitors, and they are not necessarily at the top of the list . Hungary would not do any wrong with these armored vehicles: its main armament consists of a 30-millimeter Rheinmetall MK30 machine gun, and they can also be equipped with Spike anti-tank missiles (these can also be procured at the Armed Forces.), Suitable for 6 people, with a range of 460 kilometers. The Puma is made by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann in the same way as the Leopards and PzH 2000s. Based on all this, it seems a logical step for the army to buy 200 Puma troop carriers in addition to 44 Leopard 2A7 + and 12 previous Leopard A4 tanks, as well as 24 PzH 2000 self-propelled guns.

Other observers considered the combat vehicle of another German company, Rheinmetall Lynx (i.e. Lynx) , to be a much stronger competitor , as it is particularly widely used due to its armored, modular design with much lower maintenance costs and complexity .(these are all aspects that have been key in previous purchases). Rheinmetall introduced this type to the public for the first time last year, and the United States, Australia and the Czech Republic, among others, were already considering standardizing it.

The Ministry of Defense is working on the procurement of new infantry combat vehicles, the brigadier general of the Defense Forces confirmed 18 September 2019. The brigadier general did not specify exactly what combat vehicles or how many pieces would be used to support the infantry, so, as we have become accustomed to in previous arms acquisitions, specifics will only be discussed after the contract has been signed. At present, the Armed Forces does not have such equipment at all, since the Soviet-made BMP-1 crawlers were withdrawn from the army in 2007, with the BTR-80A wheeled armored transport combat vehicle playing the supporting role.

With the signing of an agreement in Unterlss on 17 August 2020, the government of Hungary embarked on a massive program worth over two billion euros to modernize the countrys defence industry and military capabilities. The move was announced by Hungarys Secretariat of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology and the Commissioner for Defence Development. Rheinmetall, Europes foremost maker of army equipment, will be cooperating with Hungary to create a joint venture and production facility in Hungary to manufacture the most modern Lynx infantry fighting vehicle.

Hungary is the first NATO and EU member state to choose the Dsseldorf-based Groups innovative new IFV. The step is of central importance in Hungarys ongoing programme of military and industrial development, which aims to transform the Hungarian Army as quickly as possible into a world-class fighting force capable of actively addressing security challenges in the Euro-Atlantic region.

In the words of the joint statement read by Lszl Palkovics, Minister of Innovation and Technology, and Gspr Marth, Commissioner for Defence Development: As part of its commitment to NATO, Hungary is replacing its heavy ground forces equipment. Following the tanks and artillery, it is now the turn of the infantry combat vehicles, which form the backbone of the capabilities set. As the most advanced system of its kind, the Lynx has demonstrated its suitability for a central role in the Armys capabilities spectrum for decades to come. In keeping with earlier promises by the Hungarian government to enhance the nations armed forces, this cooperative endeavour extends far beyond the modernization of military technology. Partnering with a major European corporation will result in the modernization of our defence industry and thus to the expansion of our industrial portfolio.

As Armin Papperger, chairman of the executive board of Rheinmetall AG, explains: The Lynxs market breakthrough is a major success for us. And the fact that we were able to convince Hungary an important EU and NATO partner to choose this innovative vehicle makes this success all the greater. In making this forward-looking procurement decision, Hungarys top political and military officials have demonstrated real leadership. Not only does the move place Hungary at the forefront of European army technology. It reaffirms the Hungarian governments commitment to being a reliable, more militarily effective partner of its NATO allies, a policy which it is pursuing with systematic energy.

Were very proud, said Mr Papperger, to be able to make an important contribution to the sustained expansion of Hungarys defence technology capabilities in cooperation with local industry. We look forward to working together with our Hungarian friends and partners, and will do everything in our power to assure the long-term success of this venture.






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