Hungary contributes more than 100 troops to the new NATO-led mission which is to start next January in Afghanistan, and assists the financing of the Afghan National Security Forces with USD 500,000 per year between 2015 and 2017, the Minister of Defence said at a conference in Budapest on Thursday.
A joint military exercise of five NATO countries including Hungary started in Slovakia on Monday, the Slovak defence ministry announced.
Hungary's military development plan, approved in 2012 and endorsed by NATO, does not need to be changed, only to be speeded up, Minister of Defence Csaba Hende said in an interview given for a radio station.
Hungary as a NATO member has tasks in connection with the ceasefire in Ukraine and the fact that both sides frequently violate it, Minister of Defence Csaba Hende said at a briefing in Parliament on Wednesday.
Contrary to the assertions of a Canadian paper “The Ottawa Citizen”, Hungary has always fulfilled its obligations to foot the bill for training its pilots, in line with the current training requirements. The Ministry of Defence has not asked the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) to cover the training cost of Hungarian pilots.
Csaba Hende and Raimonds Vejonis, the Ministers of Defence of the two countries signed an agreement on Thursday in Budapest on the development of military cooperation between Hungary and Latvia.
Contrary to a communiqué recently issued by the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic, the competent Czech authorities have knowledge of the transportation to the Czech Republic of the T–72 tanks purchased in Hungary, as the Hungarian partner authority had already informed them about it earlier.
On Monday, August 25 in the morning hours, Excalibur Defense Ltd commenced transporting 58 T–72 tanks into the area of the Czech Republic. The tanks are withdrawn from service and have been purchased from the Hungarian Defence Forces. The customer is managing the transportation and has all the required licenses for the shipment of military equipment. Press release.
The 11th rotation of the augmented Hungarian KFOR (Kosovo Force) Contingent has reached full operational capability (FOC). On August 23, the Hungarian peacekeepers demonstrated, on a validation exercise, their readiness for executing peacekeeping tasks to an international committee.