Hungary will have to invest in rearmament as its military technology, save the Gripen jet fighters, will become totally obsolete in ten years, the defence minister told business daily Vilaggazdasag on Monday.
Apart from the Gripen programme, Hungary’s armed forces have not procured military technology since the change in regime over two decades ago, Csaba Hende said.
“Most of what we are using today was manufactured during the term of the Warsaw Treaty, 30 to 40 years ago,” he said.
Over the past few years the country’s military capabilities have been developed from a smaller budget, the minister said, adding that merely the United States and Hungary would be able to fulfil all the 45 capabilities targets identified in NATO’s ten-year planning process.
Hende noted that the government had made a commitment in early 2012 that it would maintain the nominal value of the defence budget during 2013-2015, and increase it by 0.1 percent of GDP in the following years until 2023.
The minister said that Hungary’s defence budget increased by 7 billion forints (EUR 23.7m), or 3 percent, this year.