Lászlo Palkovics, the technology and industry minister, held talks with Mustafa Varank, his Turkish counterpart, to discuss bilateral defense cooperation, in Ankara on Monday.
Speaking to MTI by phone, Palkovics said that Hungary had decided to manufacture military hardware domestically with the inclusion of foreign technological partners. The production of four-wheel armored fighting vehicles will be one of the major future projects which could start in October, he added.
“We discussed the technological details related to that project at our talks on Monday,” Palkovics said.
The minister said other topics included the broadening of bilateral defence cooperation in manufacturing drones and unmanned aerial vehicles, and their armour and weaponry. Turkey is a leader in the production of these equipment, he added. “According to plans, the production of such equipment will begin by a joint venture in Kaposvár, in western Hungary,” he said.
Palkovics said another major topic at the talks was energy. Turkey has a strong industry to support energy production, noting the manufacturing of solar panel systems and other components supplementing the country’s electric network, he added.
“We would like to persuade Turkish companies to produce such components and solar panels in Hungary,” the minister said. The meeting also served to prepare a session of the Turkish-Hungarian mixed economic committee to be organised in Budapest in December, Palkovics said.