Tibor Benko – Photo: MTI

Defence minister: Hungarian troops prepared for duties

Hungarian troops are well prepared to carry out their duties swiftly and precisely using 21st century hardware ensured under the country's long-term defence development programme, the defence minister said, observing an operation of the ongoing international Black Swan 2021 exercises.

Tibor Benko observed a demonstration by the Hungarian army of their special operational capability in conjunction with the air force at an army base in Ujdorogd, in western Hungary, as part of the Black Swan exercises which began on April 19.

Speaking after the event, Benko noted the call at Monday’s NATO summit to develop “national resilience capabilities”, which he said Hungary had begun in 2018 under its army modernisation programme.

“This is what will ensure Hungary’s security,” the minister said.

Benko said Hungary has also begun to establish a regional special operations command “hitherto a capability lacking within NATO”. This capability was “tested” a few weeks ago with the participation of several nations, he said. Evaluators found that the initial level of operational capability had been achieved, Benko said, adding that full capability should be achieved by the end of 2023.

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