Hungary’s Zrínyi 2026 sweeping armed forces modernization program reached a new stage this week when the state-owned HM Arzenál defense holding signed a contract with Germany’s Dynamit Nobel Defense Defence GmbH for the production of explosive-reactive armor (ERA) and components of shoulder-launched anti-tank missiles in Hungary, news portal Mandiner reports.
In the first phase of the cooperation, a subsidiary of HM Arzenál will produce ERA armor for various types of vehicles in KIskunfélegyháza in southern Hungary, while in parallel the gradual production of components for shoulder-launched anti-tank missiles will also begin, which is planned to culminate in the entirely domestically produced variant of Dynamit Nobel’s weapon.
“When building the factory in Kiskunfélegyháza, we also considered opportunities that went beyond the framework of small arms production. As a result, we are now partnering with an iconic military enterprise such as Dynamit Nobel Defense, known for its production of the famous Panzerfaust,” government commissioner for defense development, Gáspár Maróth, said at the signing of the contract.
His reference to small arms was the cooperation with Česká zbrojovka, under whose license the factory is making BREN 2 carbines, Scorpion Evo 3 machine pistols and P-09 automatic pistols.
A month ago, Hungary announced the establishment of its largest military production facility in the country which will make Lynx infantry fighting vehicles developed by Germany’s Rheinmetall AG.
Dynamit Nobel, with a historic background stretching back 100 years, was the producer of the iconic WWII Panzerfaust antitank grenade, with its successor, the Panzerfaust 3, still in production. Its current lineup mainly consists of the recoilless anti-tank missiles line RGW 60-90-110, with the digits denoting their respective calibers.
Title image: RGW 90 90 shoulder-launched anti-tank missile.