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Attachés’ visit to Győr and Pápa

Text: Levente Petróczy | Photo: Kinga Szováthy |  14:36 June 20, 2023

On 13 and 14 June, twenty-three members of the Budapest Military Attaché Corps (BMAC) paid a visit to the HDF 205th Surface-to-Air Missile Regiment and the HDF 47th Air Base. During the visits, the diplomats gained an insight into the structure of the units as well as their scope of tasks and authority, and learned about their main military assets.

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The defence, military and air attachés accredited to Hungary recently visited Győr and Pápa in the organization of the Ministry of Defence Department for International Cooperation, in order to receive a comprehensive picture of the Hungarian Defence Forces.

Colonel Mihály Tibor Matyi, the commander of the SAM regiment informed the members of the BMAC about the history, organizational structure and task system of the unit. The presentation was followed by a static display of military equipment, where the guests saw the main ground-based air defence assets of the unit. In what followed, the members of the BMAC were showed around the military technology park, where they received a comprehensive picture not only of the present but also of the historical background of the regiment.

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At the HDF 47th Air Base, Base Commander Colonel Zsolt Magassy gave information about the task system of the airbase, and Colonel Peder Söderström, Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) informed the members of the BMAC about the structure, task system and capabilities of the unit. Assistant Programme Manager Neil Terrill introduced the tasks of the NATO Airlift Management Programme Office (NAMPO), and Base Manager Mark Hayes, Boeing Field Services held a presentation about the capabilities of the C-17 airlifter and the task system of the Boeing team.

After the presentations, the attachés went on a tour of the base, during which they were introduced to the security measures used in checking in passengers, and then to the cockpit and cargo compartment of the C-17 transport aircraft. In the rest of the tour, they had the opportunity to take a close look at the firefighting vehicles of the unit and the firefighting capabilities of specialized airport crash tenders, the Rosenbauer Panther Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles. They finished their tour in the air traffic control tower, where they were given a glimpse of the air traffic controllers’ work.