The first two Leopard 2A4 tanks were unveiled at the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) factory in Munich, which will soon start their service at Tata, the 25th György Klapka Rifle Brigade of the Hungarian Armed Forces, honvedelem.hu reported.
Photo: MTI Photo / Szilárd Koszticsák
The delegation of soldiers of the 11th Tank Battalion was able to see for the first time the Leopard 2 A4 tanks used for training purposes, of which 12 were purchased by the Hungarian Armed Forces, writes the honvedelem.hu. The management of the factory – in addition to giving an insight into the top-secret production line – presented the crawlers already ready for delivery, which may soon arrive in Hungary and the Tata unit.
In addition to the A4, the improved A7 Leopards were also unveiled at the German factory. The Hungarian Armed Forces has ordered a total of 44 of the latest version of the latter, the A7 + version, which is expected to be completed by 2023.
The Leopard 2 A4, which now boasts Hungarian camouflage and insignia, is expected to arrive in Hungary in the summer, after which the training of operating personnel in Hungary will begin shortly, the military portal writes.
Hungary has recently become the largest foreign buyer in the German military industry market, Népszava wrote earlier. In December 2018, the Hungarian Armed Forces announced that it had entered into an agreement with the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Group to purchase 44 new tanks and 24 self-propelled guns that meet the requirements of 21st century warfare, as well as related equipment and services.
To the left is the Leopard 2 A4HU tank, to the right is the Leopard 2 A7 + HU tank.
MTI Photo, Koszticsák Szilárd
Buying a tank can be in the order of a hundred billion.
The Hungarian Armed Forces is preparing for another procurements with a total value of HUF 3,000 billion in the near future, without public procurements – he called the attention of the MSZP ..