Defense Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky has announced that the first Hungarian-made Lynx armored infantry fighting vehicle rolled off Rheinmetall’s assembly line in Zalaegerszeg, in western Hungary, on Saturday. Minister Szalay-Bobrovniczky called the event “a historic milestone” in the Hungarian army’s development program. The minister said the Lynx is “the most modern, state-of-the-art infantry fighting vehicle of our time, which reflects the cultural change that has begun in the Hungarian Armed Forces”. Creating a modern, high-tech defense force will ensure that the Hungarian army “can not only effectively provide for the defense of our country, but can also fully meet its obligations to international allies,” the minister said.
On another note, the minister said Hungary was living in an “era of dangers due to the bad decisions of others”. In a video posted on Facebook on Wednesday, Minister Szalay-Bobrovniczky said the year 2023 had brought wars, migration, the threat of terror and “explosive social tensions” to Europe. “Bad decisions such as endless weapon deliveries, encouraging and financing migration, and the tensions, security risks and terror threat brought on by immigration impact Hungary too,” he said. While Hungary doesn’t participate in the war, it will prepare to strengthen its defense capabilities to protect its peace and security, Minister Szalay-Bobrovniczky said. Besides building a “high-tech Armed Forces”, that includes developing the country’s military industry, he added. “We will protect our sovereignty from those expecting us to hand over the decisions on the fate of Hungarians,” he said.