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Gerhard Heiming

Hungary is planning a defence budget of €2.2bn for 2021, a good quarter of which is earmarked for procurement. The major projects include H145M helicopters, Main Battle Tanks (MBT) and Self-Propelled Howitzers (SPH). This summer, Hungary will receive twelve LEOPARD 2 A4HU MBTs from Krauss-Maffei Wegman (KMW) for training purposes.

Hungary intends to make the leap from the approximately 50-year-old T-72 of Russian origin to one of the most modern LEOPARD 2s of the A7+ model, to be delivered from 2023. Training with the MBTs converted to Hungarian requirements is to begin in Austria from September 2020 and will later be continued in Germany. Hungary intends to benefit from the know-how and training facilities of both nations. On this basis, the training will be continued in Hungary. In December 2018, Hungary signed a contract with KMW for the delivery of 44 newly manufactured LEOPARD 2 A7+ MBTs and 24 newly manufactured PzH 2000 SPHs. This was in addition to the procurement of twelve used LEOPARD 2 A4 MBTs from KMW’s stocks for training purposes.