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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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NATO is made up of national forces, and that is why every member state has to develop its own forces; being committed to its NATO membership, Hungary is doing so indeed – stated Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky after the Meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence in Brussels on 15 February.

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French connection

11:40 February 15, 2024

Lieutenant Thibault Lemaire has arrived from the École Militaire Interarmes of the French Armed Forces for a field exercise to the HDF 30th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, where the already-serving non-commissioned officers and enlisted soldiers are trained to become officers.

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PzH: More than 500 applicants

13:55 February 14, 2024

More than 500 young people have applied to serve in Tata in the framework of the recruitment campaign “Man to the hardware!”. The final personnel will be selected from among them, said Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky in Tata on 13 February, the inprocessing day of the personnel applying to enlist into the 1st Self-Propelled Artillery Battalion of the Hungarian Defence Forces 1st Armored Brigade.

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Test Flight with the First Hungarian KC-390 Military Transport Aircraft

12:42 February 9, 2024

The first Embraer KC-390 military transport aircraft of the Hungarian Defence Forces took off in Brazil on 8 February. According to the plans, the aircraft will be delivered to Hungary this year. By using this type of Brazilian aircraft that attracts increasing attention worldwide, the HDF are acquiring a new capability in the field of military air transport.

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Hungarian Government Supports Sweden’s Accession to NATO

14:25 February 5, 2024

The Hungarian government supports the ratification of Sweden’s accession to NATO, which is why it submitted the proposal to the National Assembly – said Gergely Gulyás, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office at the Government Info in Budapest on 1 February.

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Further strengthening cooperation

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General Dr. Gábor Böröndi, Chief of General Staff Hungarian Defence Forces recently met with Major General Tibor Králik, Commander in Budapest to discuss the tasks ahead of Headquarters Multinational Division Centre (HQ MND-C) as well as the ongoing and future projects.

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High-visibility training of NATO forces

12:38 February 4, 2024

The NATO Forward Land Forces Battle Group (NATO FLF BG HUN) conducted another high-visibility training session in the Central Training Area of the Hungarian Defence Forces in January.

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Hungarian EU Presidency priorities to include defence industry development

11:37 February 1, 2024

Hardly six months before the Hungarian presidency, the most important defence policy issues of the EU are the development of the European Union’s defence industry, the Russo-Ukrainian War and the security of the Sahel – said Zsolt Kutnyánszky, MoD State Secretary for Defence Policy, Force Development and Defence Industry after the informal meeting of the EU’s defence ministers in Brussels.

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Major General László Sticz takes over command of EUFOR Althea Mission

11:32 February 1, 2024

On 31 January in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo, Major General László Sticz took over the command of the European Union’s peacekeeping mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the framework of a ceremony. Major General Helmut Habermayer, the Austrian predecessor of the new Hungarian commander of EUFOR Operation Althea handed over the flag of the mission to him.

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Minister’s Visit to the Peacekeeping EUFOR’s Hungarian Personnel

12:23 January 31, 2024

“It was good to meet EUFOR’s Hungarian personnel in Camp Butmir yesterday evening. These Hungarian soldiers are protecting the peace of Hungary and Europe even from Bosnia and Herzegovina” – wrote Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky on his Facebook page Wednesday morning, 31 January.