Hungary’s defense minister, Csaba Hende, went to see Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the Pentagon today and won praise for his tiny Central European nation’s contributions in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world. A spokesman, though, said Hende didn’t raise another issue he discussed in an exclusive interview with AOL Defense. Former Warsaw Pact member Hungary, a NATO member since 1999, needs to replace some old Russian-made helicopters, and the Marine Corps has 24 “excess defense article” UH-1N Hueys that Hende thinks would do nicely.
“This would be a donation,” Hende said in the interview, speaking through an interpreter in an interview conducted Thursday before he went to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington to look over Marine and Air Force configurations of the Hueys and take a ride in one.
Hungary said seeking “donation” of military helicopters from US