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The national security cabinet has adopted Hungary’s new national security strategy, while the country’s military strategy is being drafted, Defence Minister Tibor Benkő told a meeting on Tuesday, evaluating last year and looking ahead to plans for this year.

Outlining the national security strategy to senior military officials, Benkő said its military chapters were focused on Europe’s defence capabilities and the strengthening of relations with France and the UK.

Benkő said

three more military attache offices will open this year in addition to those opened last year at three embassies.

NATO, he said, is increasingly preoccupied with two major threats that it has identified: one from the east (Russia), the other from the south, said Benkő.

Considering the security environment, the government is in the midst of creating a modern, capable army with loyal soldiers committed to serving their country, Benkő said. “This way we can guarantee the country’s security while contributing to international security,” he said.

Regarding the Western Balkans, Benkő said peace in the region was of key importance for Hungary, which aims for a task-based system that is even stronger, more reliable and professional than the one operated so far, Benkő said.

Besides seeing to operations in the Western Balkans and the Baltic states,

the Hungarian army has initiated establishing a central European multinational and regional command for special operations, he said.

Benkő noted NATO’s expectation that member states plough 20 percent of defence spending into developments, saying that Hungary had outperformed that goal.

Within Hungary’s Zrínyi 2026 defence and development programme, Benko noted the army has procured multifunctional Airbus helicopters. Four of the helicopters delivered in December, and the army will receive another 16 by 2021.

Benkő also cited

the government’s pledge to raise defence spending to 2 percent of GDP by 2024.

Source: MTI

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  1. The very first step should be the strengthening of the Hungarian Armed Forces. The current authorized active manpower of approximately 30,000 is totally inadequate to defend the country. It is not even enough to hold off an attacker until NATO help could arrive. There is a need for more (more than 440 modern tanks. The current 12 modern fixed wing aircraft are insufficient and would be wiped out in the first 1-2 hours of modern combat. Hungary needs to double (to 4%) its military budget to make up for 30 years of neglect.

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