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Rheinmetall officially opened its new factory in Zalaegerszeg / Hungary on August 18th. In a press release, Rheinmetall describes the new factory as a significant milestone for the company.

"The opening of the new Rheinmetall factory in Zalaegerszeg is a significant step for our company and a sign of our solidarity with the Hungarian customer and the armed forces of this EU partner and NATO member country," said Armin Papperger, CEO of Rheinmetall.

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In Zalaegerszeg / Hungary, Rheinmetall has opened the infantry fighting vehicle factory, in which the Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle and support tanks for the Hungarian armed forces are to be manufactured. (Photo: Rheinmetall)

In May 2022, Rheinmetall founded the joint venture Rheinmetall Hungary Zrt., based in Zalaegerszeg (ESUT reported). The first main task of the joint venture will be the production of the second batch of Lynx armored personnel carriers and support vehicles and their delivery to the troops.

As part of the Hungarian initiative "Zrínyi 2026", which focuses on modern equipment for the national armed forces and provides for local production, in September 2020 Hungary ordered 218 Lynx KF41 armored personnel carriers in seven variants, nine armored recovery vehicles 3 Buffalo and 38 military trucks (Soldier-and-Tech reported). The delivery of the systems is supplemented by other services such as simulators, education and training as well as an initial supply of spare parts and maintenance services, writes Rheinmetall. Over the expected decades of service life of the Lynx, spare parts and maintenance would be required to keep the vehicles operational, the press release said.

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One of the first Lynx KF41 armored personnel carriers for Hungary, made by Rheinmetall in Germany (Photo: Rheinmetall)

Regarding the production process, Rheinmetall writes that in a first production phase, Hungary will receive 46 Lynx in the armored personnel carrier and command & control configuration as well as nine 3 Buffalo armored recovery vehicles made in Germany. The delivery of the first vehicles has already begun (ESuTreported). In a second phase, 172 more Lynx and support vehicles will then be produced or delivered in Hungary.

According to Rheinmetall, the new factory will not only help strengthen the region's economy, but also promote innovation and create highly qualified jobs. The company plans to make further investments in the factory in the coming years to further expand production capacities and integrate new technologies.

gwh / editors