In the latest episode of The Bold Truth About Hungary podcast, host Zoltán Kovács, state secretary for international communication and relations, spoke with Defense Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky about Hungary's relationship with NATO and Hungary reaching the 2% threshold, modernizing the army and building up a military industry. Finally, he made some remarks about the Ukraine war and the lessons learned from it which will be discussed in a separate article.
"We have committed to come up to the famous 2% of our budget by next year. I think this is a great achievement that we are there and that increase made it possible for us really to start systematically replacing the old Soviet-style equipment with modern NATO-compatible high-tech equipment. Some pieces of that are visibly behind us. These are the new mainly from Europe-procured equipment and the good news about them is that much of it or many of these items are produced in Hungary because we put major emphasis on the development of a defense industry," the defense minister said.