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Deputy Inspector General of Bundeswehr visits Hungary

Text: Hungarian Defence Forces Command | Photo: Warrant Officer Lajos Szabó and the HDFC |  15:55 June 28, 2022

Lieutenant General Markus Laubenthal, Deputy Inspector General of the Bundeswehr paid a visit to Hungary, during which, among others, he met with Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi PhD, Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces, Dr. Gáspár Maróth, MoD State Secretary for Defence Policy and Development and Lieutenant General Zsolt Sándor, Deputy Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces. Following the discussions in Budapest, on Monday, 27 June the deputy inspector general went to visit the HDF 5th Bocskai István Infantry Brigade in Debrecen.


During the discussions with the commander and the deputy commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces, it was stated that Hungary continues to consider the Federal Republic of Germany an important and major strategic partner. Over the years, defence cooperation has become a key area of the relations between the two countries. The two sides pointed out that thanks to their joint efforts, the interoperability between the Hungarian Defence Forces and the Bundeswehr has significantly increased and thereby provides a solid basis for future common tasks and exercises.

At the meeting, the two sides also discussed the support that Germany has so far provided for the capability development of the Hungarian Defence Forces, with special regard to the training of Hungarian personnel, for which the top leaders of the Hungarian Defence Forces expressed their thanks. The partners also reviewed several current and future tasks and challenges on the occasion of their meeting.


Following the discussions in Budapest, the deputy inspector general of the Bundeswehr visited the HDF 5th Bocskai István Infantry Brigade in Debrecen, where he met with Lieutenant Colonel Sándor Farkas, the commander of the unit, Major General István Baráth, the commander of the HDF Territorial Defence and Support Command as well as Brigadier General György István Filótás, the commandant of the HDF Modernization Institute. While on the spot, the high-ranking guest received information about the reserve system of the Hungarian Defence Forces and the reservists’ participation in foreign missions, and also saw the Hungarian-made mobile military shooting range system, which is based on foldable container technology.