The state-controlled news agency, MTI (Magyar Távirati Iroda), informed that the Hungarian Ministry of Defense reached an agreement with the German Rheinmetall AG about setting up local production of Lynx infantry fighting vehicles for the need of the Hungarian Army.
New Hungarian IFVs will be manufactured locally by a locally based joint-venture company. Deliveries of the first Lynx vehicles are supposed to start in 2022. However, the exact number of IFVs planned for procurement is not yet known. The agreement with Rheinmetall is said to have a value of over €2 billion, which makes it the most costly procurement programme in the history of the Hungarian armed forces.
Lynx IFVs will replace the currently operated BTR-80/80A armoured personnel carriers (APC), as the country does not poses any classic IFVs. According to official data, Hungarian land forces operate nearly 300 BTR-80/80A APCs, distributed among its mechanized infantry units. Interestingly, in the past a number of Hungarian BTR-80 were modified to the BTR-80A standard, which included installation of the FONET Digital Communication System from the Polish WB Group.
In recent months the Hungarian MoD has announced a number of major procurement programmes. Just a few days ago the authorities in Budapest confirmed its intention to acquire NASAMS (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile) air-and-missile defense systems.
In December 2018 Hungary signed a contract with KMW (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann) for delivery of 44 2A7HU main battle tanks, 24 155 mm Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) SPHs, 6 Bergepanzer 3 armoured recovery vehicles and lease of 12 Leopard 2A4HU MBTs.