Hungary develops own family of small firearms

Szilárd Németh, state secretary of the Defense Ministry. (Szilárd Németh's Facebook page)
By Dénes Albert
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Hungary has begun testing its domestically-developed range of small firearms for the military, intended to complement those already being made in the country under Czech License, State Secretary of the Defense Ministry Szilárd Németh said on his Facebook page.

Gestamen Arms Zrt.’s G9HSP pistol uses two types of firing systems that are unique in the world, so they can be easily converted from a hammer-firing system to a striker-type firing system or vice versa. Following the traditions of our national military industry, a bright future lies ahead of Hungarian weapons, the Fidesz politician said.

Minister of Defense Tibor Benkő, Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi, and the government commissioner responsible for defense developments Gáspár Maróth announced on the International Aviation Day in Kecskemét in August that the Hungarian Armed Forces could be equipped with firearms developed and manufactured in Hungary. The ministry and government commissioner Maróth commissioned a team of domestic engineers to do the work a year and a half ago. Testing of the prototypes has already begun.

Gestamen Kutatás Fejlesztés Zrt. manufactured handguns, assault rifles, submachine guns, sniper rifles, forty-millimeter grenade launchers, and light machine guns. The task of the company was to develop and manufacture prototypes, and further steps required the involvement of technology and materials research partners. To this end, a strategic partnership agreement was signed with the research and development team of the János Neumann University in the summer.

Gáspár Maróth spoke earlier about the need for new equipment in addition to weapons manufactured in-country on the basis of a license purchased from Česká Zbrojovka because, while those are very durable, they are also relatively expensive to manufacture. In addition, the license contract concluded by Arzenál Zrt. does not include any new developments available during a possible generational change.

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