Hungarian Ground Forces
Magyar Szárazföldi Haderő
Country Hungary
AllegianceHungarian Defence Forces
BranchGround Forces
Colorsred, white, green
Anniversariesseptember 29.
Brigadier General Dr Gábor Böröndi

The Hungarian Ground Forces are one of the branches of the Hungarian armed forces. It is the army which handles Ground activities and troops including artillery, tanks, APC's, IFV's and ground support. Hungary's Ground forces currently pulled out of Iraq and are currently in service in Afghanistan and KFOR.

Hungary was supported by the Soviet Union during the Cold War but since the Soviet Union's fall, Hungary cut tanks, closed garrisons, and minimized troop strength since 1991. The Hungarian Army now deals with national security, peacekeeping and international conflicts. Hungary joined NATO in 1999.


The two main combat units of the Hungarian Ground Forces are:

  • 5th Infantry Brigade "István Bocskai", in Debrecen
    • Headquarters Company, in Debrecen
    • 3rd Infantry Battalion "Miklós Bercsényi", in Hódmezővásárhely, with BTR-80 APCs
    • 39th Infantry Battalion in Debrecen, with BTR-80 APCs
    • 62nd Infantry Battalion in Hódmezővásárhely, with BTR-80 APCs
    • Operations Support Engineer Battalion, in Debrecen
    • Logistic Battalion, in Debrecen
    • Combat Engineer Company, in Debrecen
    • Signal Company, in Debrecen
  • 25th Infantry Brigade "György Klapka", in Tata
    • Headquarters Company, in Tata
    • 1st Infantry Battalion, in Tata, with BTR-80 APCs
    • 2nd Infantry Battalion, in Tata, with BTR-80 APCs
    • 11th Tank Battalion, in Tata, with T-72M1 tanks
    • 36th Anti-tank Missile Battalion, in Tata, with 9K115-2 Metis-M anti-tank missiles
    • 101st Artillery Battalion, in Tata, with D-20 152mm towed howitzers
    • 57th Garrison Support Battalion
    • Logistic Battalion, in Tata

Military Equipment

Infantry weapons

Hungarian special forces soldiers (KMZ) disembark from a Chinook in Croatia.
  • RS4/4 parachute
  • RS4/4 LA parachute
  • MANTA parachute
  • 40 mm grenade launcher
  • 93M frag grenade
  • 96M frag grenade
  • Black Ka'bar bayonet
  • AN/PVS-14 Gen3 Monocular Night Vision
  • HALEM-2 laser rangefinder
  • 15/80 binocular
  • PSZNR-5 recce locator
  • FMG 68 decontamination vehicle
  • VSBRDM 2 ABC recce vehicle
  • SSM-1 chemical marker
  • IH-95 radiation level and contamination meter
  • CAM radiation level and contamination meter
  • VFK chemical recce pack
  • DS-10 regiment decontamination pack
  • TMF-2 automatic weather station
  • 93M protecting suit
  • 96M protecting suit
  • DECOCOM 3000 decontamination container
  • regiment decontamination trailer
  • 82 mm mortar
  • 60 mm mortar
Model Image Origin Type Number Details
P9RC P9M Hun 1.jpg  Hungary Handgun Service Handgun, replacing PA-63.
Glock 17 Glock17.jpg  Austria Semi-automatic pistol Special Forces Service Handgun.
KGP-9 KGP-9 1.jpg  Hungary Submachine gun
Heckler & Koch MP5 A3 MP5.jpg  Germany Submachine gun
AK-63 Akm rifle fullstock.jpg  Hungary Assault Rifle Main service rifle of the Hungarian Ground Forces and is the modernized variant of the AKM rifle. 7700 rifles have been modernized, more to follow. Versions: AK-63D/E/MF
AK-63MF AK47.png  Hungary Assault Rifle Modernised AK-63D with telescopic stock and MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail.
M4A1 SOPMOD SOPMOD 2-2005.jpg  United States Assault rifle Special Force Service Rifle.
Remington 870 Marine Flickr - ~Steve Z~ - 870.jpg  United States Pump action shotgun
M2 Browning Machine gun M2 1.jpg  United States Heavy machine gun
Szép sniper rifle Szep sniper rifle.jpg  Hungary Sniper Rifle [1]
M24 SWS PEO M24 SWS.jpg  United States Sniper Rifle
Dragunov SVD SVD Dragunov.jpg  Soviet Union Sniper Rifle Will be replaced by Szép sniper rifle
Gepárd GepardM3.png  Hungary Anti-materiel rifle
M249 SAW PEO M249 Para ACOG.jpg  United States Light Machine gun
PKM 7,62 KK PKM Helsinki 2012.JPG  Soviet Union General-purpose machine gun
H&K M320 PEO M320 Grenade Launcher.jpg  Germany Grenade Launcher
SKS SKS - Ryssland - AM.045810.jpg  Soviet Union semi-automatic carbine Ceremonial rifle.
Steyr-Mannlicher M1895 1626 - Salzburg - Festung Hohensalzburg - Repetier.JPG  Austria-Hungary Rifle Ceremonial rifle.

Armour and other vehicles

Model Image Origin Type Variant Active Number Details
T-72 Kecskemét vasútállomás T-72 Rmms kocsin.JPG  Soviet Union
Main battle tank T-72M
34 Only 34 vehicles are in active service. Another 130 T-72 in reserve. The rest are being used as targets for firing.
BTR-80 Engineering Technologies - 2012 (3-14).jpg  Soviet Union
amphibious armoured personnel carrier BTR-20
600 Hungary is the third operator of BTR-80 in the World with approximately 600 units (598 pieces, most of them modernized, in use, few others stored in working condition). There is also an unknown number of modernized Hungarian-upgraded BTR-80s for technical rescue, medical rescue and NBC missions (these vehicles are entering service starting with 2009).
BRDM-2 BRDM 2 TBiU 24.jpg  Soviet Union Armoured Personnel Carrier BRDM-2 250
PTS (amphibious vehicle) PTS-2.JPG  Soviet Union Amphibious vehicle PTS-2 50+ Some in reserve. Very large tracked amphibious vehicle used for crossing water bodies and building bridges across rivers
M-ATV M153 CROWS mounted on a U.S. Army M-ATV.jpg  United States MRAP 20+ Used by the Hungarian special forces in Afghanistan.
M1151 HMMWV M1151.jpg  United States Utility vehicle 80+ Most of them used by the Special Forces [2]
Polaris RZR Swift Response 2016 (Image 1 of 16) 160607-A-RJ303-305.jpg  United States Light utility vehicle 12 Used by the Hungarian special forces.
2K12 Kub SA-6 'KUB' missile system exercise!.jpg  Soviet Union Self-propelled SAM system 16
Cougar (vehicle) 070225-M-4393H-041.jpg  United States MRAP 13

Artillery: ATGMs, RPGs, Mortars, Howitzers etc.

Model Image Origin Type Active Number Details
9К115-2 Metis-M Antitank missile system Metis-M1.jpg  Russia Anti-tank missile 60+
9M113 Konkurs Flickr - Israel Defense Forces - Russian-Made Missile Found in Hezbollah Hands.jpg  Soviet Union Anti-tank missile Unknown
9K111 Fagot ATGM Fagot.jpg  Soviet Union Anti-tank missile 50+
RPG-7 RPG-7 detached.jpg  Soviet Union Rocket-propelled grenade Unknown
BM-21 Grad BM-21.JPG  Soviet Union Multiple rocket launcher 0 65 in reserve.
152 mm towed gun-howitzer M1955 (D-20) Артилерійські підрозділи ВМС ЗС України виконали бойові стрільби.jpg  Soviet Union Howitzer 300 Some in reserve.
Mistral (missile) 54RA-IMG 9142.jpg  France Surface-to-air missile Unknown Mistral 3 + Safran Matis
EXPAL M-08 Combi 60mm  Spain Mortar (weapon) 196

Transport Vehicles

See also

  • Military of Hungary
  • Royal Hungarian Army (1922–1945)
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