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Ongoing Austro-Hungarian cooperation with joint training events

General Rudolf Striedinger visits armored brigade and simulation centre in Tata

Text: Eszter Bányász | Photo: Kinga Szováthy |  15:44 March 8, 2024

“Austria and Hungary are distinguished partners, with constant cooperation and exchange of experience since the change of regime” – underlined General Dr. Gábor Böröndi, Chief of HDF General Staff, at the meeting of the Austrian and the Hungarian Chiefs of Defence in Tata on 7 March.

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In connection with the event, General Dr. Gábor Böröndi pointed out that the chiefs of defence meetings have a dual goal. Their military professional part offers an opportunity to identify cooperation opportunities for the upcoming period, among others, as well as to share experiences on the procurements and operation of new military equipment. It is no less important to build and maintain personal relationships, which greatly help practical cooperation.

The constantly deepening relationship between the countries nowadays can be seen mainly in joint tank, artillery, and mechanized infantry training programs. The Chief of HDF General Staff highlighted that General Rudolf Striedinger, Chief of the Austrian General Staff visited the HDF 1st Armoured Brigade in Tata to identify further cooperation and training opportunities between the two countries.

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The meeting began with the presentation of Brigade Commander Colonel István Tóth, who introduced the delegation to the brigade’s organizational structure, task system and pool of military equipment. The Austrian visitors had the opportunity to learn about the modern assets that are suitable to meet 21st-century challenges, such as the PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer, the Leopard 2A4 and the more modern Leopard 2A7HU main battle tanks, as well as the Gidrán armored tactical vehicles, first within the framework of a static display, then in a demonstration. The members of the delegation also learnt about the workings of the simulation and training centre handed over in Tata last October.

The bilateral discussion closing the visit was held in the Esterházy Castle.