The Adaptive Hussars 23 international military exercise involves the entirety of the Hungarian Armed Forces, Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky said in Hajdúhadház on Monday.
The military exercise is the largest in Hungary in the last 30 years, Szalay-Bobrovniczky told a press conference before inspecting the exercise, calling it a test of the Hungarian Defence Forces, of its cooperation with allies and of the Hungarian public administration.
‘This test is going very well so far, but we, of course, have to wait till the end before drawing the final conclusions,’ the minister said.
The objective of the exercise is to test the military’s readiness for and response to an imagined situation threatening Hungary’s security,
the minister said. It also tests the capabilities of the civilian public administration when it comes to troop movements and logistics, he added.
Szalay-Bobrovniczky emphasised the importance of testing the ability to cooperate with allies, noting that several NATO forces were also taking part in the exercise.
He noted that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had also inspected certain elements of the exercise on Monday, namely a bridge-building exercise at Tiszaroff and a jump exercise of Italian and Hungarian paratroopers in Nyíregyháza.
Adaptive Hussars 23 involves around 5,000 Hungarian troops, including 500 reservists, he highlighted.
Chief of the Hungarian Defence Forces General Staff, Lt General Gábor Böröndi noted that the exercise involved land, air and maritime forces, and stressed that the exercise is is a test of the readiness of the HDF.
Sources: Hungarian Conservative/MTI