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A booklet informing the public about Hungary’s armed forces and military reform was presented in Budapest on Monday, ahead of National Defence Day. The publication presents modernisation projects carried out over the past years and further development plans under the country’s Zrínyi 2026 defence and military programme, the prime minister’s commissioner for priority social affairs told a press conference. It also covers the topics of a military career model, domestic arms manufacturing, the army’s role in protecting the border and the system of voluntary reserves, Zsolt Nyitrai said. Hungary had 8,300 voluntary reserves last year, up from only 17 in 2010, he added. Hungary’s aim is to have central Europe’s most modern and competent army with equipment that meets 21th century challenges, the defence ministry’s state secretary told the same press conference.

Hungary has a record 513 billion forint (EUR 1.57bn) defence budget this year, of which 150 billion will be spent on further development projects, Szilárd Németh said.