Defense Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky said Hungary will purchase loitering munitions to further develop its armed forces.
Speaking at the “Tusványos” summer university at Băile Tușnad (Tusnádfürdő), in central Romania, on Friday, Minister Szalay-Bobrovniczky said that the cutting-edge, high-precision “kamikaze drones” could be recalled if there was no target. He told a panel discussion that the development of Hungary’s military was making a “robust advance”, replacing outdated Soviet technology with new ones. The minister said the development of the armed forces had “taken a German-French direction”. In 2021, Hungary was the biggest customer of Germany’s military industry, and last year the second biggest with one billion euros spent on purchases, he said. The minister said the decision to buy German-Israeli loitering munitions had been based on the lessons of the war in Ukraine. He told public media that the recallable drones will be purchased in cooperation with Germany’s Rheinmetall-UVision.