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Qatari delegation visits Rheinmetall plant in Zalaegerszeg

Text: Márton Mészáros Navarrai | Photo: Gábor Kormány |  12:08 November 22, 2023

On Tuesday, 21 November a delegation of Qatari military leaders paid a visit to the Zalaegerszeg-based Rheinmetall Hungary plant.


During their visit to the facility, the guests were shown around the factory building opened on 18 August, saw the manufacturing process of the KF41 variant of the Lynx armored fighting vehicle, and then the “miracle weapon” itself of the newly procured and locally manufactured combat vehicle family in the showroom.

Headed by Brigadier General Dr. Yusuf Ahmed al-Kayed, the Qatari delegation was received by Colonel István Hajnal, Deputy Commander, HDF Land Forces Command. Under the guidance of Colonel Zsolt Molnár, Commander, HDF 30th Armored Infantry Brigade, the soldiers of the Hódmezővásárhely unit – a complete Lynx platoon and the crew of the combat vehicle – also participated in the static display.

The guests first witnessed the performance of the “big cat” on the proving ground, and subsequently visited the experimental shooting hall as well.


“Following the official opening ceremony of the plant in August, we at Rheinmetall Hungary Ltd are all proud of being able to receive international delegations in Zalaegerszeg”, said Paul Walf, the CEO of Rheinmetall Hungary Zrt. “The visit by the Qatari delegation has created an opportunity for us to present the world’s cutting edge infantry fighting vehicle in cooperation with the Hungarian Defence Forces. Besides introducing the outstanding capabilities of the Lynx KF41, we also informed our guests about the current state of the defence industry development projects of Rheinmetall in Hungary”, the German leader of the Hungarian defence industry enterprise added.

The two sides conducted a negotiation about possibilities for cooperation which may provide military and industrial benefits to Hungary and Qatar, and potentially strengthen the bilateral relations between the countries in the future.

The Qatar Emiri Air Defence Forces (QEADF) are already in possession of the Skynex short-range air defence system developed and produced by the German-owned but Switzerland-based Rheinmetall Air Defence AG.