Defence Minister Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky (m) - Photo: Facebook

Defence Minister: Hungary to buy loitering munitions

Hungary will purchase loitering munitions to further develop its armed forces, the defence minister said at the "Tusvanyos" summer university at Baile Tusnad (Tusnadfurdo), in central Romania, on Friday.

Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky said that the cutting edge, high-precision “kamikaze drones” could be recalled if there was no target.

He told a panel discussion that the development of Hungary’s military was making a “robust advance”, noting the replacement of outdated Soviet technology with new ones. The minister said development of the armed forces had “taken a German-French direction”. In 2021, Hungary was the biggest customer of Germany’s military industry, and last year the second biggest with one billion euros spent on purchases, he said.

The minister said the decision to buy German-Israeli loitering munitions had been based on the lessons of the war in Ukraine.

He told public media that the recallable drones will be purchased in cooperation with Germany’s Rheinmetall-UVision.

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