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HDF Fleet Expands with Another Two H225M Helicopters

Text: Ministry of Defence | Photo: Róbert Érdi |  15:58 May 14, 2024

Another two H225M helicopters have been delivered to the Hungarian Defence Forces from the Airbus manufacturing centre in France – announced the minister of defence on Monday, 13 May.


Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky said that the helicopters had arrived at the airbase of the Szolnok-based HDF 86th Helicopter Wing on Monday afternoon. The new high-tech aircraft will further strengthen the airborne and airdrop capabilities of the Hungarian air force. Within the framework of cooperation between the French Airbus company and the Hungarian Defence Forces, the Wing now has altogether eight helicopters in its fleet, including the ones that just arrived, so half of the complete fleet of 16 H225Ms is already in Hungary – added the minister.

Brussels and the Western European leaders want war, and Hungary wants to stay out of this war, but we must continuously strengthen our defence capabilities in the interest of the Hungarian people’s security. He recalled that the Wing had received the first helicopters on 24 July 2023, and since then the aircraft have regularly been arriving. In line with NATO expectations, Hungary has been spending 2% of its GDP on defence for two years now, 20% of which the Hungarian Defence Forces are allocating to developments within the framework of the armed forces development program.

The minister pointed out that we may call 2024 the year of the air force, as several new aircraft and measures are focused on the air capabilities of the Hungarian Defence Forces. To date in 2024, we have procured four new Gripen fighter jets. In cooperation with SAAB, we have established a Center of Excellence that also uses Extended Reality (XR) technology, and early this year, the pilots received a significant salary rise as well.