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The Hungarian Ground Forces are one of the branches of the Hungarian armed forces. It is the army which handles Ground activities and troops including artillery, tanks, APC's, IFV's and ground support. Hungary's Ground forces currently pulled out of Iraq and are currently in service in Afghanistan and KFOR.

Hungary was supported by the Soviet Union during the Cold War but since the Soviet Union's fall, Hungary cut tanks, closed garrisons, and minimized troop strength since 1991. The Hungarian Army now deals with national security, peacekeeping and international conflicts. Hungary joined NATO in 1999, and has spent millions of dollars to advance their army with technological equipment and weapons.

A listing of current land force units is here [1].

Military Equipment[]

  • RS4/4 parachute
  • RS4/4 LA parachute
  • MANTA parachute
  • 40 mm grenade launcher
  • 93M frag grenade
  • 96M frag grenade
  • Black Ka'bar bayonet
  • AN/PVS-14 Gen3 Monocular Night Vision
  • HALEM-2 laser rangefinder
  • 15/80 binocular
  • PSZNR-5 recce locator
  • FMG 68 decontamination vehicle
  • VSBRDM 2 ABC recce vehicle
  • SSM-1 chemical marker
  • IH-95 radiation level and contamination meter
  • CAM radiation level and contamination meter
  • VFK chemical recce pack
  • DS-10 regiment decontamination pack
  • TMF-2 automatic weather station
  • 93M protecting suit
  • 96M protecting suit
  • DECOCOM 3000 decontamination container
  • regiment decontamination trailer
  • 82 mm mortar
  • 60 mm mortar

Small Arms[]

  • PA-63 - Reservists Service Handgun  Hungary
  • P9RC - Service Handgun  Hungary
  • Glock 17 - Special Force Service Handgun  Austria
  • SKS - Ceremonial rifle  Soviet Union
  • KGP-9 - Submachine gun  Hungary
  • Heckler & Koch MP5 A3[1] - Submachine gun  Germany
  • AK-63E (AMM) and AK-63D (AMMSz) - Assault rifle  Hungary
  • AK-63MF - modernized AK-63D - Assault rifle  Hungary
  • AMP-69[2] - Limited Service Rifle  Hungary
  • M4A1 SOPMOD - Special Force Service Rifle  United States
  • Remington 870 Marine - Pump action shotgun  United States
  • M2 Browning - 12,7 mm Heavy machinegun  United States
  • Szép mesterlövész[3] - Sniper Rifle  Hungary
  • M24 SWS - Sniper Rifle  United States
  • Dragunov SVD - Sniper Rifle  Soviet Union
  • Gepárd family - Anti-materiel rifle  Hungary
  • M249 SAW - Light Machine gun  United States
  • PKM - General purpose Machine guns  Soviet Union
  • H&K M320 - Grenade launcher  Germany

Armoured Personnel Carriers, Tanks, Amphibious Vehicles[]

  • BTR-80 Hungary is the 2nd largest operator of BTR-80 in the World with approximately 600 units (598 pieces, most of them modernized, in use, few others stored in working condition)
  • BTR-80A ( Nato caliber development process ) (30 mm autocannon turret versions) [4]
  • BTR-80K ( Nato caliber development process )
  • there is also an unknown number of modernized Hungarian-upgraded BTR-80s for technical rescue, medical rescue and NBC missions (these vehicles are entering service starting with 2009).
  • BMP-1 500 pieces ( some in reserve)
  • T-72 - 32 pieces Active Main Battle Tanks. 123 pieces T-72 in reserve, the rest are being used as targets for firing).
  • PTS (amphibious vehicle)- very large tracked amphibious vehicle used for crossing water bodies and building bridges across rivers
  • Cougar H MRAP - 13 pieces
  • MaxxPro MRAP - 40+ pieces
  • BRDM-2- 250 pieces
  • M1151 HMMWV - 40-100 (?) pieces - most of them used in Afghanistan and the Special Forces [5]

Artillery: ATGMs, RPGs, Mortars, Howitzers etc.[]

Transport Vehicles[]

  • Mercedes-Benz G-270 CDI BA 10 - unknown number
  • Mercedes-Benz G-280 CDI BA6 C+R SSA FB6 - unknown number
  • Mercedes 1017A truck
  • Toyota Land Cruiser armored car
  • Toyota Hilux armored car
  • Mercedes-Benz Unimog - unknown number - Mobile platform of Mistral[6]
  • Rába H-14 4x4 truck - The new H-14 series, can be armoured within 48 hours. The armour defends soldiers from bullets, splinters and IEDs [7]
  • Rába H-18 6x6 truck [8]
  • Rába H-25 6x6 truck [9]
  • MAN 8X8 truck
  • Star 266 6x6 truck
  • Ikarus E-95 bus
  • Ikarus F-15 bus
  • Ford Transit truck - 41
  • Mercedes-Benz Unimog U400 - unknown number

Air Defense[]

  • Mistral [10] - approx. 185 (originally 45 bought in 1998, +140 ordered in 2009, with deliveries undergoing).
  • 9K35 Strela-10 22
  • SA-6 Gainful [11] - 4 batteries (each consisting of multiple launch units) - Will probably be replaced by US-made Patriot systems

See also[]

Sources[]

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