Budapest, December 22 (MTI) – Hungary plans to conclude military cooperation agreements with Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan next year, the defence minister said.

Csaba Hende summed up the main objectives and tasks of Hungary’s armed forces in a ministerial instruction published in the latest issue of the official gazette Hivatali Ertesito.

Priorities defined in the document include revitalising the country’s defence industry, strengthening cooperation between civilian, military and law enforcement organisations, making preparations for next year’s NATO summit and drafting a new Code of Ethics for the military.

Developing military cooperation with India and the representation in Hungary of the U.S. Office of Defence Cooperation is another priority. Hungary also wants to intensify cooperation with Germany in the procurement of defence technology.

Hungary will continue to participate in NATO and EU operations in the Western Balkans, and UN and MFO missions in other parts of the world.

As for military technology, Hungary will focus on the Gripen programme, electronic projects, the development of basic cyber defence capabilities and helicopter purchases.

Preparations for setting up a Visegrad Four EU combat group in 2016 will continue next year.

Photo: MTI – Szilárd Koszticsák


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