The German arms industry had committed to EUR 22.5 billion in sales during the current legislative period from October 2017 until August 2021. Hungary tops the list of recipients with EUR 2.66 billion (roughly HUF 926 billion) in licenses, while the US follows with €2.36 billion.
Szabad Európa (Free Europe) writes that due to the nature of the business there is no precise information about the purchases, but the Hungarian state has purchased a wide range of equipment, ranging from small missile launchers to heavy tanks.
Pointing to the international challenges and NATO requirements, the Orbán administration has engaged in a large-scale military upgrade recently. Besides upgrading the army’s equipment, it also wants to increase the number of contract soldiers and volunteers.
In latest news, some 400 people have applied for the volunteer program after it had been revealed that those who fulfill half a year of such service would get 32 plus points (while 64 points would be given for an entire year) in the higher education admission process, which is more than for an intermediate language exam.
Agricultural technology, big data, and other tech sectors continued speedy growth, according to a new report on the global state of entrepreneurship.