Oliver H. Mittelsdorf, Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence, reported that they have been working with Hungary’s Rába for years to manufacture trucks. Now, Rába Győr will also take part in the production of one of the most modern infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).
In August, Rheinmetall and the Hungarian state founded a joint company to manufacture IFVs to fulfill the Hungarian army’s NATO commitments. It is one of the world’s most modern armored combat vehicles and will compete in tenders for the U.S. Army and Australian Land Forces.
Mittelsdorf noted that the defense contractor was one of the bidders in the Czech tender for 210 combat vehicles as well, a deal similar to the one the company signed with Hungary for HUF 700 million. He also spoke about the emerging German-Hungarian-Czech Central European military-industrial cooperation.
At the beginning of the year, with the expiration of the military procurement program launched in 2004, production of the H-series off-road trucks was eliminated at the state-owned Rába. The factory, however, has also been supplying military truck parts to Rheinmetall since 2017.
Meanwhile, Hungarian-Czech military relations are becoming stronger. Guns and machine guns are being manufactured under a Czech license in Kiskunfélegyháza, while the Hungarian Aero Investment Partners Zrt. has become a major shareholder of the Czech aircraft factory Aero Vodochody, which manufactures military jet-powered and light attack aircraft.