Hungary ramps up defense capabilities with construction of new ammunition plant

Hungarian officials lay the foundation stone of an ammunition plant. (Hungarian Armed Forces)
By John Cody
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Hungary is continuing to increase its defense capabilities with the foundation layer of a large-caliber ammunition factory in Várpalota being laid.

Production of medium-caliber 30 mm ammunition is expected to start in the last quarter of this year, while production of large-caliber 155 mm ammunition will begin in the last quarter of 2025.

“Europe’s most modern artillery ammunition production plant is being built in the eastern part of Várpalota,” said László Palkovics, CEO of N7 Holding National Defense Industrial Innovation Ltd., at the groundbreaking ceremony of the 155 mm artillery ammunition production building of the Várpalota Defense Industrial Complex on Wednesday.

“The factory building for the production of the 30 mm ammunition used by the Lynx infantry fighting vehicles has reached the stage of completion so it can be handed over to the joint venture companies that will use it later, together with the international defense and automotive company Rheinmetall, to install the technology that will form the basis of the production before the construction is completed,” said László Palkovics, according to a statement by the Hungarian Defense Forces.

“We are also celebrating the fact that from 2025 onwards, the domestic production of large-caliber artillery ammunition will be possible,” added the former minister.

The construction permit for the 155 mm ammunition production site was granted on Nov. 23 last year. In addition to the production building, the project includes seven NATO-standard bunkers, a phosphate treatment and painting building, and a social canteen and changing room, but the project will also include, among other things, the construction of about 4 kilometers of internal roads, 23 kilometers of water utilities, two underground sprinkler tanks, and a pumping station,” Palkovics said.

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