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Continuing strategic partnership with Rheinmetall

Text: Vendel Teszler | Photo: László Kertész |  14:02 March 6, 2023

On the first two days of March, Dr. Dávid Klacsmann, MoD Deputy State Secretary for Defence Industry and Procurement held discussions with Paul Walf, Head of Corporate Cooperation Central Europe, Rheinmetall AG in Budapest.


The German integrated technical corporation Rheinmetall AG is a key player in the development of the Hungarian armed forces. The management holding company – which has its registered office in Düsseldorf – is not only the supplier of the modern combat equipment of the Hungarian Defence Forces (Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle) which mean a substantial capability enhancement, but also an active partner in the revival of Hungarian defence industry through its investments. In Hungary, the Rheinmetall operates a combat vehicle manufacturing factory in Zalaegerszeg, and is going to start the manufacturing of munitions in Várpalota. Dr. Dávid Klacsmann and Paul Walf concurred in assessing their meeting in Budapest as a forward-looking event.

“For two days, we have conducted excellent and valuable discussions on our current and possible future joint projects, about strategic defence procurements and the development of Hungarian defence industry alike. We consider our strategic partnership with Rheinmetall a real success story, since the company is a key player in developing Hungarian defence industry. Our cooperation has been going on for several years with mutual respect, and we have already achieved significant results. We are certain that we will be able to further develop our relationship in the future, as we have worked-out and forward-looking plans”, said Dávid Klacsmann.

“I thank you for the invitation as part of our strategic partnership, and also for our regular consultations about the future of our facilities in Zalaegerszeg, Várpalota, Budapest and Szeged. For this reason, we express our thanks to the Deputy State Secretary for his invitation to a meeting where our delegation had an opportunity to discuss the future of our wide-ranging partnership from the production of vehicles and munitions to electronics”, said Paul Walf on behalf of the German partner.