German defence company Rheinmetall handed over the first of a total of 209 Lynx infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to the Hungarian Defence Forces (HDF) on 15 October.
Hungarian Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky was presented with the key by Rheinmetall CEO Armin Papperger.
The handover took place during an oath-taking ceremony of new military service volunteers of the Hungarian Defence Forces at the Petöfi Sándor Barracks in Budapest. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán also attended the ceremony.
Lynx will become the backbone of Hungary’s mechanised infantry forces.
“We are very proud to be able to deliver the first Lynx infantry fighting vehicle to our partner Hungary today,” said Armin Papperger.
“This is an important milestone. Lynx is the most versatile fighting vehicle of its class. In making this forward-looking procurement decision, Hungary’s top political and military officials have demonstrated leadership in moving Hungary at the forefront of European army technology and underlining the Hungarian government’s commitment as a reliable partner of its NATO allies, a policy which it is pursuing with systematic energy.”