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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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International information exchange on EUFOR

12:08 December 24, 2023

2024, the year of Hungarian command of Operation EUFOR Althea will soon begin, and in this context Major General László Sticz, designated commander, held several meetings in December with representatives of nations and organizations relevant to the mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Skyranger 30 Lynx: Rheinmetall to develop new air defence turret

15:17 December 22, 2023

The Hungarian Defence Forces and Rheinmetall AG have agreed on the development of an air defence system for the heavy infantry brigade capability under construction in line with the NATO commitments of Hungary.

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Sports Challenges in Iraq

09:29 December 20, 2023

Ambitious Italian and Hungarian soldiers stationed in Camp Singara had the opportunity to try their physical strength and skills in playful challenges.

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Hungarian–Turkish Joint Venture Being Formed

12:31 December 19, 2023

The Rába Jármű Ltd., part of the business portfolio of the vehicle industry company Rába Járműipari Holding Nyrt. and the Nurol Makina Hungary Ltd., the Hungarian subsidiary company of the Turkish Nurol Makina ve Sanayi A.S. signed documents to establish the Hungarian–Turkish joint venture named Gidran Armored Vehicles Ltd. on Monday, 18 December – wrote the Győr-based vehicle producing company on the website of the Budapest Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday.

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The Peace of the Balkans is Ours as well

10:40 December 19, 2023

“The peace of the Balkans is ours as well, as without the peace of Bosnia and Herzegovina, there is no peace for the Western Balkans, nor for Hungary” – said the defence minister at the EUFOR ALTHEA launching ceremony in Bálna Defence Centre, Budapest on Monday.

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Rheinmetall KF51 Panther Main Battle Tank Being Developed in Zalaegerszeg

11:38 December 18, 2023

Prof. László Palkovics, PhD, CEO of the national defence industry innovation company N7 Holding Ltd, Paul Walf, CEO of the Rheinmetall Hungary Ltd and Björn Bernhard, PhD, CEO of the Rheinmetall Landsysteme signed a cooperation agreement on the development of a new generation KF51 Panther Main Battle Tank in Zalaegerszeg on Thursday, 14 December.

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Artillery in focus

10:31 December 18, 2023

NATO Forward Land Force Battlegroup (FLF BG HUN) had a tactical training session coupled with a live fire exercise at the artillery ranges at zero point, in Újmajor and Kőröshegy between 27 November and 1 December.

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National resilience in focus

15:55 December 13, 2023

General Gábor Böröndi PhD, Chief of HDF General Staff and László Hajnik, MoD Deputy State Secretary for Defence Policy recently represented Hungary at the Berlin Security Conference. This year, the annually organized event was built around the theme “Europe and NATO – Enhancing Resolve and Resilience”.

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Hungarian Staff Sergeant receives prestigious decoration

16:54 December 11, 2023

On Friday, 8 December, at the Embassy of Germany in Budapest, the German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge) awarded the bronze grade of the Cross of Honor to Staff Sergeant Ferenc Czirók, Deputy Head of Catering Services, HDF Recreation, Training and Conference Center.

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Hungary is Committed to the V4 Countries

16:39 December 11, 2023

Hungary is committed to the cooperation of the Visegrád (V4) Countries and supports the EU accession of Western Balkan countries to the European Union – said Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky in Prague on Friday, 8 December.