Defence Minister Tibor Benkő discussed current defence policy issues and cooperation possibilities in the defence sector with his Swedish counterpart Peter Hultqvist in Stockholm, the ministry said. Sweden has been an important partner for Hungary in defence development for years, and the acquisition of the Carl Gustaf M4 multi-role weapon system and SAAB-manufactured mobile maintenance hangars could greatly contribute to Hungary’s armed forces development programme, Benkő said in the statement. Helicopter training under extreme conditions and air-to-air refuelling capabilities are also important elements of Swedish-Hungarian cooperation, he added.
Military cooperation is partly based on the lease of Gripen fighters signed in 2001, Benkő said. “It is a constructive agreement which has extraordinary significance in armed forced development for the Hungarian Army, so the operation of Gripens and the possibility for technical and professional support after 2026 were also discussed at the meeting,” he added.
Hultqvist said it was very important for Sweden to develop and maintain good relations with NATO and its member states including Hungary, the statement said.