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On July 24, 2020, the 25th Infantry Brigade (MH 25th Klapka György Lövészdandár) in Tata (75 km west of Budapest) received the first four of twelve Leopard 2 A4HU main battle tanks. The Hungarian Defense Minister, Tibor Benkö, the German Parliamentary State Secretary in the BMVg, Thomas Silberhorn, the Commander-in-Chief of the Hungarian Armed Forces, General Ferenc Korom, and the CEO of the tank manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, Frank Haun, took part in the ceremony theES&T here).

The Leopard 2 A4HU are designed according to Hungarian needs and have Hungarian emblems. Benkö described the handover of the main battle tank as the beginning of a new era in the history of the Hungarian armed forces, which are currently being modernized in an extensive development program. The program also includes H145M helicopters with HForce weapons, of which the eighth and ninth of 20 light helicopters ordered were taken over by the armed forces on July 22, 2020.

Vier Leopard 2 A4HU in Ungarn eingetroffen
Photo: MoD HU

The T72 main battle tank, which should be replaced by the Leopard 2 A7 from 2023, was also deployed for the parade when the Leopard 2 A4HU was handed over. Benkö used the ceremonial delivery of the new tanks to bid farewell to the outdated technology that had served the Hungarian army for 40 years. It was time to equip the armored forces as an outstanding element of the ground forces with the technical means of the new millennium.

At the end of the event, the T72 was able to perform - one last time? - demonstrate in front of an audience.

Gerhard Heiming