Lieutenant General Zsolt Sándor, Deputy Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces recently paid a dayslong visit to Germany, where he met with, among others, Lieutenant General Markus Laubenthal, Deputy Inspector General of the Bundeswehr and with Lieutenant General Gert Nultsch, Head of Planning Directorate, Federal Ministry of Defence of Germany.
During the meetings, the deputy commander said that the successfulness of this year’s ministerial meeting in June and the meeting on chiefs of defence level in September throws light on the fact that our cooperation with Germany is outstandingly important and efficient. The delegations reviewed the results achieved so far and agreed that the ongoing successful military cooperation between the two armed forces can and must be further strengthened. Moreover, they deemed it important to harmonize the cooperative structures in the light of recent organizational changes in both armed forces.
Lieutenant General Zsolt Sándor expressed his thanks for the training tailored to the needs of the Hungarian Defence Forces, which effectively supports the modernization of the HDF. As part of the training provided by the Bundeswehr, the trainers of the Hungarian Defence Forces are prepared for the operation of military equipment procured from Germany, as well as for the basic principles of subunit tactics and live fire training.
In addition, ten service personnel of the Hungarian Defence Forces have received training in the field of testing, commissioning and operating modern infantry fighting vehicles, which is a priority due to the Lynx armored fighting vehicles entering into service. In the framework of this latter training, the Bundeswehr shared experience with the Hungarian personnel concerning the commissioning the Puma infantry fighting vehicles.
During the visit, Lieutenant General Zsolt Sándor had a discussion with the commander of the Bundeswehr Armoured Corps Training Centre, and saw a field tactical exercise of a reinforced armoured battalion coupled with a live fire exercise.
At the end of the dayslong program, the deputy commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces visited the Bundeswehr Army Combat Training Centre, where he was introduced to the concept of combat training implemented with the use of dual simulation.
At the end of his visit to Germany, Lieutenant General Zsolt Sándor met the Hungarian personnel under training as well.