Czech Defense Ministry Unaware of Hungarian T-72 Tanks Purchase

T-72 main battle tanks

MOSCOW, August 28 (RIA Novosti) – The Czech Defense Ministry is unaware of any T-72 tanks being transported from Hungary into the Czech Republic, Director of the Communication and Promotion Department at the ministry Jan Pejsek told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

“The Czech Defense Ministry does not have any information about the transportation of T-72 tanks by a Czech company from Hungary into the country,” Pejsek said.

The Czech Industry and Trade Ministry told RIA Novosti that it had issued no license to any Czech firm authorizing the import of Hungarian tanks.

On Monday, Czech company Excalibur Defense Ltd. began transporting 58 T–72 tanks, purchased from the Hungarian Defense Forces, into the Czech Republic, the Hungarian government website said. These 58 tanks could have been drawn from Hungary’s reserves of about 120 T-72M tanks.

According to a representative of Czech holding Excalibur Group, Excalibur Defense Ltd. is a Hungarian company that used to be linked to Czech company Excalibur Army Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Excalibur Group. Excalibur Army Ltd. has not yet provided any comments on its possible link to the purchase of tanks.

Circus with tanks

20/08/2014 The business newspaper “The View”, quotation

The immediate catalyst for conversations about selling of  the weapons from old stocks of the former Warsaw Pact  to Ukraine, it is  a strange story in Hungary, where local bloggers photographed the  trainload of tanks T-72, moving by rail in the direction to Ukraine. And it is the Ukraine, because  it is impossible to turn to any other direction  – rails rest on the result against  the border point Zahon (aka Ukrainian Chop). Pretty soon it became clear that this is indeed the Hungarian tanks, which the Ministry of Defence of Hungary quite legally sold by tender (№ S14N08)  to some firm – Excalibur Defense KFT. This firm is registered in Székesfehérvár, outdoors Bakony, Building 4 with a registered capital of 500,000 forints. In the column “profit” for 2013 in its reporting was listed round zero. There is evidence that its founders are few citizens of the Czech Republic.

Hungarian community  interests in this story even not in  the fact of sale older tank to  somewhere (and so it is clear that the only neighboring country, which they generally may be needed – Ukraine) , but  in the price received from it. Structural unit of the Ministry of Defence of Hungary, which is responsible for  the tender, to gain from the sale of the first batch (22 tanks) 40.2 million forints, that is actually in the price of scrap metal.  And the whole “Excalibur” received 58 tanks at a cost of one hundred times smaller than even (not market but) selling prise. In this case on  the image can be clearly seen that the tanks have been prepared for sale. They are  repainted and almost polished. It somehow does not tally with the performance in the Czech press of a representative of the “Excalibur” Andrew Chirtek  saying that the tanks were bought from the Hungarian Ministry of Defence for their future “dismantling”.

  Everyone was surprised  and with  the route by which the tanks moved from Hungary – in the opposite direction from the Czech Republic. Defense Ministry explained this “logistics” – from bases in Kalocsa train was moving through the Nyíregyháza, where they were  photographed, to another base – in Nirteleke – to fulfill some formalities. That is the principle of “digging a ditch from the fence until lunch” flawlessly still works and in the Hungarian army, in spite of all NATO standards. But why re-paint something that is destined to become scrap metal?

The same firm won the second tender for the purchase of 24 MiG-29, which  can not be called  as scrap. Not to mention the helicopters. And all this with the delivery to the end of August. In this case, from the formal point of view, the  everything seems to be fine. The  tender was announced in advance, there are references to the relevant Hungarian regulatory documents and other “European standards.”

 In this scheme, there is nothing new. The Hungarian Government is not willing to supply openly Ukraine with heavy weapons. But nobody against to earn extra five cents on the old trash, by selling this trash to civil mediators-adventurers from another country. And what do they will do with it – Budapest  formally  das not care. Old trick circus dogs. Yes, all our political position opposite, but the door  will be slightly ajar. A 5% move, please, to the account of any firm “Swindlers and Spies Inc..” In Liechtenstein. And profit  of lovely gentlemen from the Czech Republic will be an astronomical amount, because Kiev generally do not care how much to pay – this is in fact the American money.

 In addition, the quality of  ammunition from ancient reserves of the Warsaw Pact, to put it mildly,is not very good. Bulgarian mines, for example, tend not to explode, but somehow screwed into asphalt up to the  stabilizer. And Bulgaria – one of the largest suppliers of this stuff. Prague  – one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of weapons – has long been firmly turned (along with Budapest) to the informal center for illegal arms trade, and all of these chains are in control of dozens of foreign intelligence agencies and specialized agencies. And sooner or later, any of these chains with a great noise will be  revealed.

 Underhand delivery to Kiev  of substandard equipment and ammunition of the old nomenclature can only briefly delay the end of the war. In this case, the responsibility for the deaths lies on the supplier, but as we see in the case of Hungary, the governments  and politics prefer not to participate  directly in the arms trade . A private individual conscience – a piece  of twilight. This, of course, not the first and not the last case, with a wide field for activity of numerous intelligence and counter-intelligence   and  for  sudden enrichment of adventurers. But the war ever end, the bodies of adventurers will be took out of  Danube, and it will become clear  that it was all useless.

Hungary to sell remaining in the country by Soviet tanks and fighter planes

Hungary to sell remaining in the country by Soviet tanks and fighter planes

03.07.2013 RIA “Novosti” – Ukraine
The Hungarian government will sell the remaining fighters in the country the Soviet-made tanks that are in “good condition”, reports on Monday, Agence France-Presse.

Defense Ministry spokesman Zoltan Borbiro (Zoltan Borbiro) pointed out that everyone of the Hungarian MiG-29, T-72 tanks, other military equipment and uniforms will be on sale before the end of the year.

Hungary abolished the conscription in 2004, and now the armed forces consist of 19,000 militaries, it is more than seven times less compared with the army of the Warsaw Pact era.

In 2005, Hungary has sold 77 of the 180 Soviet T-72 tanks to Iraq, where, after the fall of Saddam Hussein the armed forces were formed anew.

NATO inspectors to fly over Russia

NATO inspectors to fly over Russia

MOSCOW, April 26 (RIA Novosti) – Military inspectors from Canada and Hungary will carry out a joint monitoring mission over the Russian territory under the international Open Skies Treaty on April 26-30, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The NATO experts will fly on board a Hungarian Air Force’s Antonov An-26 plane using surveillance equipment certified internationally and approved by the Russian side.

“Russian officials on board the plane will monitor the implementation of agreements on the use of technical equipment for the observation,” the ministry said in a statement.

Under the treaty, each aircraft flying under the Open Skies program is fitted with a sensor suite including optical panoramic and framing cameras, video cameras with real-time display, thermal infrared imaging sensors, and imaging radar.

The Open Skies Treaty, which entered into force on January 1, 2002, establishes a regime of unarmed aerial observation flights over the territories of its 35 member states to promote openness and the transparency of military forces and activities. Russia ratified the deal in May 2001.

The image data recorded during the observation flights can be shared among all signatories to support the monitoring of compliance with existing or future arms control treaties.

Hungary will announce a tender for the supply of helicopters

Hungary will announce a tender for the supply of helicopters

The Hungarian government plans to announce a tender for the supply of multi-purpose helicopters to be used in military and civilian purposes. According to the Defense Aerospace, the tender conditions and requirements for the new machines are currently being approved by the Hungarian Ministry of Defence. Neither the amount of a possible transaction or the amount of the purchased equipment is not yet known. Take a decision on the purchase of helicopters in 2014.

According to Flightglobal MiliCAS, armed with Hungary, there are presently 13 multipurpose helicopters Mi-8/17 and five attack Mi-24/25 . In mid-January 2011 it was reported that the Ministry of Defence of Hungary is planning to upgrade the existing Mi-17 helicopters. At the first stage, the military planned to upgrade three machines. Cost of the work was estimated at $ 120 million.

Later it became known that Hungary has placed a U.S. order to supply 32 multirole helicopters used UH-1N Twin Huey. Amount of a possible transaction then valued at 426 million dollars. At what stage are currently in negotiations for the supply of helicopters,it is not known. Contract for the supply of Hungary helicopters UH-1N has been signed yet