Defence Minister Tibor Benkő took delivery of the first four Leopard 2A4HU battle tanks at the army base in Tata, in northern Hungary, on Friday.
The delivery of the tanks is the first step in the upgrade of the Hungarian military’s armoured fighting vehicles, the minister said.
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The new vehicles delivered by Frank Haun, the CEO of German manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), will replace the Russian T-72 tanks.
The Hungarian Armed Forces will acquire a total of 12 Leopard battle tanks, with two vehicles being delivered to the Tata base each month between September and the end of the year, Benkő said.
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From 2023, they will use the more modern 2A7HU tanks, he added.
Tank battles are battles of attrition. 12 tanks. Not much “width” let alone depth. It is like “rock, scissors, paper” .. while they are effective against infantry and good for rapid movement, they are vulnerable to air attack (fixed or rotor), and also from small groups/pairs of infantry with antitank weapons who are much more maneuverable and can take out them from their weak spot – the rear. Laser targeted weapons with fire and forget can allow a forward spotter to range/locate and paint several at one time and they can be dispatched remotely.