The Lynx combat vehicle factory, a joint project of Germany’s Rheinmetall and the Hungarian state, could be the flagship plant for the reconstruction of the Hungarian defense industry, Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics said.
The minister said the factory will be an important base for Hungary’s defense industry, a driving force in the economy and employment. It will also play a prominent role in its automotive, research, development and innovation activities. The factory, together with its suppliers, will employ nearly 500 skilled professionals, he said.
Palkovics added that modernizing Hungary’s armed forces requires advanced technology. With investments and developments similar to the Lynx plant, the Hungarian Army could become the dominant force in the region by 2030, he said.
The plant producing infantry fighting vehicles also contributes to the NATO guideline of spending at least 2 percent of the country’s GDP on defense, Palkovics said.
Minister of Defense Tibor Benkő said that the security of the Hungarian people is one of the most important goals of the Hungarian government. This plant, to be built in the county seat of Zala, will become a symbol of the change of era and Hungary’s commitment to rebuilding its military industry, he added.
Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi, the commander of the Hungarian Army explained that the Hungarian Army can be the engine of the modernization process in terms of innovation and educational development by applying 21st century technology.
Gáspár Maróth, the government commissioner responsible for defense affairs, called the cooperation between Hungarian and German companies exemplary. Armin Papperger, President of Rheinmetall, thanked the Hungarian government and the contractors for their recent work.
According to plans, the 25,000-square-meter plant will be built on 2.5 hectares this year, László Vigh, the Fidesz Member of Parliament for the region, said.