Hungary will be in charge of the protection of the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for a period of four months as of 1 September as part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission. At the official rotation ceremony, which was attended by Defence Minister Csaba Hende, Hungary took over the mission at the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania from Norway and Italy.
Hungary’s history of over a thousand years has proved that we can only survive if we have an army, a defence force, Defence Minister Csaba Hende pointed out in his welcome speech delivered at the military inauguration ceremony held on 20 August at Kossuth Lajos tér outside the Parliament Building.
Speaking at a ceremony held on Kecskemét Air Base on Monday, 17 August, Minister of Defence Csaba Hende stated that the Hungary’s participation in the Baltic Air Policing mission is an important task. During the event, the contingent was bidden farewell before leaving for a four-month mission on 27 August.
The Hungarian Defence Force is fully prepared to begin construction of the temporary border control fence, Minister of Interior Csaba Hende said on Thursday in Mórahalom on the Hungarian-Serbian border.
The three-dimensional NATO radar will be deployed in Medina on Wednesday, and as a result, Hungarian airspace control will be complete, Defence Minister Csaba Hende announced on Tuesday at the Medina radar station.
The illegal migratory pressure on Hungary does not seem to ease, and that is the reason why a temporary security barrier needs to be built on the Hungarian–Serbian border, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szíjjártó said on Monday, 13 July on M1 news channel of the Hungarian television.
The fighter jets of the Hungarian Defence Forces flew two sorties on the same day in Slovenian airspace, during which the Hungarian Gripen pilots intercepted and identified two aircrafts above Slovenia.
Hungary is a strong ally: it has raised its defence budget, developed its capabilities and is ready to participate in the security assurance measures of the region, the Commander of Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum emphasized at a press briefing held in Budapest on Monday, July 6.
As a result of the reinforcement measures taken in the recent period, Hungary will be a member of a more agile and stronger NATO by next summer, the Minister of Defence stated at the annual conference of defence, military and air attachés in Budapest on Tuesday, 30 June.