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The Hungarian and the Turkish Armed Forces are Planning Cooperation in Further Fields

Text: Ágnes Halmos B. | Photo: Sztaniszláv Horváth, Róbert Érdi |  12:47 May 6, 2024

General Dr. Gábor Böröndi, Chief of HDF General Staff, recently received his Turkish counterpart, General Metin Gürak – who visited Hungary for the first time – at a bilateral chiefs of defence meeting.


There is a permanent relationship between the armed forces of the two NATO allies. General Metin Gürak was welcomed by Chief of Defence General Dr. Gábor Böröndi with military honours on 3 May in Heroes’ Square, where the Turkish chief of defence laid a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier.

General Gürak paid a courtesy call to Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, then had a bilateral discussion with the Hungarian chief of defence to strengthen the Turkish–Hungarian military relations and explore further cooperation possibilities.


“Within the framework of NATO, this is a distinguished cooperation” – said General Dr. Gábor Böröndi. “This is because the same war is going on at the borders of our countries. Building alliances, learning from one another and undertaking joint activities are strengthening both the Turkish and the Hungarian armed forces. Therefore, we continue to strengthen the joint preparations and training in fields such as High Altitude High Opening (HAHO) jumps, Special Operations Forces (SOF) cooperation and air force cooperation” – he pointed out.

The two chiefs of defence discussed the fields of the military-to-military cooperation. As a part of this, the Turkish partners are participating in the Forward Land Force Battle Group (FLF BG), which was demonstrated by the Turkish Armed Forces in the multinational nationwide Exercise Adaptive Hussars 2023 with a battalion deployed to Hungary.

Within the framework of the professional program, representatives of the Hungarian and Turkish military leadership visited Székesfehérvár, where Turkish staff officers also reinforce the Headquarters Multinational Division Centre (HQ MND-C). The two sides listened to presentations introducing the Hungarian Deployable CIS Module-E (DCM-E) and met the personnel of the command group of the unit.

After the visit to Székesfehérvár, they traveled to Tata, where the personnel of the HDF 1st Armored Brigade held a static display by presenting the newly procured items of military equipment.

“Of course, we presented the Gidrán, too, a product of Ejder Yalcin that is also in service with the Turkish armed forces but is today already a Hungarian tactical vehicle. Today, we looked into those forms of training, education and other cooperation which we should explore even more fully” – this was how General Gábor Böröndi PhD summed up the meeting of the Turkish and Hungarian chiefs of defence.