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Hungarian Ground Forces
Magyar Szárazföldi Haderő
Country  Hungary
Allegiance Hungarian Defence Forces
Branch Ground Forces
Garrison/HQ Székesfehérvár
Colors red, white, green
Anniversaries september 29.
Brigadier General Dr Gábor Böröndi

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.


The two main combat units of the Hungarian Ground Forces are:

  • 5th Infantry Brigade "István Bocskai", in Debrecen
    • Headquarters Company, in Debrecen
    • 3rd Infantry Battalion "Miklós Bercsényi", in Hódmezővásárhely, with BTR-80 APCs
    • 39th Infantry Battalion in Debrecen, with BTR-80 APCs
    • 62nd Infantry Battalion in Hódmezővásárhely, with BTR-80 APCs
    • Operations Support Engineer Battalion, in Debrecen
    • Logistic Battalion, in Debrecen
    • Combat Engineer Company, in Debrecen
    • Signal Company, in Debrecen
  • 25th Infantry Brigade "György Klapka", in Tata
    • Headquarters Company, in Tata
    • 1st Infantry Battalion, in Tata, with BTR-80 APCs
    • 2nd Infantry Battalion, in Tata, with BTR-80 APCs
    • 11th Tank Battalion, in Tata, with T-72M1 tanks
    • 36th Anti-tank Missile Battalion, in Tata, with 9K115-2 Metis-M anti-tank missiles
    • 101st Artillery Battalion, in Tata, with D-20 152mm towed howitzers
    • 57th Garrison Support Battalion
    • Logistic Battalion, in Tata

Military Equipment

Hungarian special forces soldiers (KMZ) disembark from a Chinook in Croatia.
  • 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
Model Image Origin Type Details
P9RC  Hungary Handgun Service Handgun, replacing PA-63.
Glock 17  Austria Semi-automatic pistol Special Forces Service Handgun.
KGP-9  Hungary Submachine gun
Heckler & Koch MP5 A3  Germany Submachine gun
AK-63  Hungary Assault Rifle Main service rifle of the Hungarian Ground Forces and is the modernized variant of the AKM rifle. 7700 rifles have been modernized, more to follow. Versions: AK-63D/E/MF
AK-63MF  Hungary Assault Rifle Modernised AK-63D with telescopic stock and MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail.
M4A1 SOPMOD  United States Assault rifle Special Force Service Rifle.
Remington 870 Marine  United States Pump action shotgun
M2 Browning  United States Heavy machine gun
Szép sniper rifle  Hungary Sniper Rifle [1]
M24 SWS  United States Sniper Rifle
Dragunov SVD  Soviet Union Sniper Rifle Will be replaced by Szép sniper rifle
Gepárd  Hungary Anti-materiel rifle
M249 SAW  United States Light machine gun
PKM  Soviet Union General-purpose machine gun
H&K M320  Germany Grenade Launcher
SKS  Soviet Union semi-automatic carbine Ceremonial rifle.
Steyr-Mannlicher M1895  Austria-Hungary Rifle Ceremonial rifle.

Armour and other vehicles

Model Image Origin Type Variant Active Number Details
T-72  Soviet Union
Main battle tank T-72M
34 Only 34 vehicles are in active service. Another 130 T-72 in reserve. The rest are being used as targets for firing.
BTR-80  Soviet Union
amphibious armoured personnel carrier BTR-20
600 Hungary is the third 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). 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).
BRDM-2  Soviet Union Armoured Personnel Carrier BRDM-2 250
PTS (amphibious vehicle)  Soviet Union Amphibious vehicle PTS-2 50+ Some in reserve. Very large tracked amphibious vehicle used for crossing water bodies and building bridges across rivers
M-ATV  United States MRAP 20+ Used by the Hungarian special forces in Afghanistan.
M1151 HMMWV  United States Utility vehicle 80+ Most of them used by the Special Forces [2]
Polaris RZR  United States Light utility vehicle 12 Used by the Hungarian special forces.
2K12 Kub  Soviet Union Self-propelled SAM system 16
Cougar (vehicle)  United States MRAP 13

Artillery: ATGMs, RPGs, Mortars, Howitzers etc.

Model Image Origin Type Active Number Details
9К115-2 Metis-M  Russia Anti-tank missile 60+
9M113 Konkurs  Soviet Union Anti-tank missile Unknown
9K111 Fagot  Soviet Union Anti-tank missile 50+
RPG-7  Soviet Union Rocket-propelled grenade Unknown
BM-21 Grad  Soviet Union Multiple rocket launcher 0 65 in reserve.
152 mm towed gun-howitzer M1955 (D-20)  Soviet Union Howitzer 300 Some in reserve.
Mistral (missile)  France Surface-to-air missile Unknown Mistral 3 + Safran Matis
EXPAL M-08 Combi 60mm  Spain Mortar (weapon) 196

Transport Vehicles

River fleet

Model Image Origin Type Number Details
Neštin-class  Yugoslavia minesweeper 3 6 minesweepers were received from Yugoslavia in 1981. As of 2014, 3 of them are in active service.

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ Valid HTML and CSS: Fülöp Gergely (dreamlite), ACME engine: Aurum / (2008-08-18). "Honvédelmi Minisztérium". Hm.gov.hu. Archived from the original on 2010-10-17. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  3. ^ "Image: H14_00.jpg, (1024 × 672 px)". raba.hu. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  4. ^ "Image: alcazas_041.jpg, (1024 × 768 px)". raba.hu. 2006-10-18. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  5. ^ "Image: H25.206DAE-001_2.jpg, (1020 × 768 px)". raba.hu. 2005-11-11. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 

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