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Lieutenant General Ferenc Kajári

14:33 May 9, 2023

Lieutenant General Ferenc Kajári was born on 5th July 1967 in Budapest, Hungary. He is married to Veronika and has a daughter and a son.

Upon graduating from the military secondary school, he joined the Kossuth Lajos Military College of the Hungarian Defence Forces in 1985. He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1988 with an armoured reconnaissance officer degree and a general engineer degree.

Between 1988 and 1996, Major General Kajári served in various Infantry Brigades and MI positions as a platoon leader, company commander, S2 staff officer and Brigade S2.

In 1996, he was assigned to the Hungarian Engineer Contingent of IFOR and served as an S2 and liaison officer in the staff. On completion of his deployment, his career continued at the Ministry of Defence, where he served in a number of positions, most notably as the Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy State Secretary for NATO Integration. In 1998 he was selected to deploy in one of the newly established Partnership for Peace staff positions, and was assigned to the Headquarters of SACLANT, where he served in the PfP staff element until Hungary’s NATO accession in 1999 when he repositioned to serve in the Education and Training Department until his return to Hungary in 2001.

From 2001 he was serving in different staff positions at the J2 Directorate of the Hungarian Defence Forces. In the same year he enrolled to the National Defence University, and in 2004 earned his Master’s degree in military leadership.

In 2004 he deployed to Darfur as an EU representative and Military Observer of the African Union Mission in the Sudan (AMIS), where by the second half of his tour he organised the S2 section in his sector and became the sector S2 chief. In 2007 he deployed to Afghanistan, where he served as the first Hungarian Chief CJ2, ACOS in RC-North of ISAF.

Between 2014 and 2015 he attended the General Staff Course of the National University of Public Service, where he earned the “ZRÍNYI Award” of the class of 2015.

In 2016 he was appointed as the director of the Military National Security Service Intelligence Directorate. In 2017 he was promoted to Brigadier General, and in 2021 to Major General, and in 2023 to Lieutenant General.

2021 marks his most noted tour as he was selected and deployed to the position of Commander of the NATO mission KFOR until the hand-over in 2022 when he continued his service as the director of the Military National Security Service Intelligence Directorate until his promotion to which took up to his new assignment to Deputy Chief of Defence Staff on 8th May 2023

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First Hungarian KC-390 military transport aircraft arrives in Hungary

15:26 April 12, 2024

The first Hungarian KC-390 military transport aircraft has arrived in Hungary – announced MoD State Secretary for Defence Policy, Force Development and Defence Industry Zsolt Kutnyánszky in Kecskemét on 12 April.

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Hungarian products in Singapore

14:04 April 12, 2024

The Hungarian Defence Export Agency (VEX) was an active participant at the Milipol Asia-Pacific 2024 exhibition and trade fair, which was organized in Singapore in early April. Six Hungarian companies had the opportunity to introduce their products and services on the VEX stand to the visitors.

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United for Peace

13:58 April 12, 2024

The activity of the Hungarian personnel in EUFOR finishing their tour of duty with the mission in April, was recently recognized at a medal parade in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo. The Common Security and Defence Policy Service Medal – which contains the Latin phrase “Pro pace unum”, meaning “United for Peace” – was first received by the soldiers serving in EUFOR in 2004.

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EU Military Committee Chairman Holds Discussion in Hungary

13:46 April 12, 2024

The Chairman of the EU Military Committee (EUMC) held a discussion in Hungary on Thursday, 11 April. It was said at the press conference of the Ministry of Defence in Budapest that this visit can be regarded as the opening of the Hungarian EU presidency’s military program.

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Another Dancon March in Kosovo

12:10 April 12, 2024

On 7 April, the Dancon March began with more than a thousand participants, who wanted to beat again the nearly 25km distance.

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Rotorcraft

12:05 April 12, 2024

This year too, the MEDEVAC (Medical Evacuation) capability of the peacekeeping mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina is being provided by the nation having the command of EUFOR Operation Althea, thus in 2024, by Hungary. Within this framework, the Hungarian personnel serving there guarantee air medical evacuation capabilities with the help of H145M helicopters, while air transport capabilities with a Mi-17 helicopter in Major General Dr. László Sticz’s year of command.

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First Hungarian KC-390 military transport aircraft arrives in Hungary for testing

11:47 April 12, 2024

The military transport aircraft KC-390 produced for Hungary will be staying at Kecskemét air base for three weeks starting from 12 April – announced Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky.

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Civil-Military Cooperation in the Spotlight

12:01 April 9, 2024

Providing support for crisis management or general military exercises is rarely discussed, yet the role of background work is as significant as that of the spectacular tasks. The Hungarian Defence Forces organize it on a high level: every year our soldiers learn the basics of civil-military cooperation from select NATO experts. This year’s NATO Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Liaison Course is being conducted in Szentendre, Hungary between 8-12 April.

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Hungarian Soldiers Participating in Saturday’s Rescue Receive Commander’s Recognition

11:08 April 9, 2024

Major General Dr. László Sticz, Commander of EUFOR Operation Althea, recently presented commander’s recognition coins in Camp Butmir, near Sarajevo to soldiers and civilian air traffic controllers participating in the early Saturday life-saving rescue operation. In the rescue operation, 14 Hungarian, two Dutch and two Italian soldiers carried out tasks directly, as well as an Austrian civilian. The two Italian soldiers will receive the commander’s recognition later.

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Rheinmetall: Production, Development and Testing

14:33 April 8, 2024

The personnel of the HDF 30th Mechanized Infantry Brigade got a unique insight into the domestic production process of the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle while visiting the Rheinmetall plant in Zalaegerszeg on 3 April.