Hungarian and American servicemen fight shoulder to shoulder in Afghanistan as well as other key theaters around the globe. Hungarian-American bilateral military cooperation is concentrated in three major areas: joint training, deployment and operations.
Hungarian-American bilateral military cooperation is concentrated in three major areas: joint training, deployment and operations. Common education and training take place within the International Military Education and Training program and with training for both senior officials as well as basic officer and NCOs. Military technical cooperation is also The Hungarian government and military emphsize the principle „in together, out together;” that is, the importance of coalition-building and the establishment of a joint plan of participation and exit.a key priority in the pursuit of improved interoperability and efficiency. We also place a premium on interoperability: Hungarian personnel use US supplied tactical equipment (HMMWVs, night vision goggles, combat radios) extensively in Afghanistan to increase the combat value of our deployed units.
HUNGARIAN AND AMERICAN SERVICEMEN SERVE TOGETHER IN OPERATIONS
Hungarian and American servicemen fight shoulder to shoulder in Afghanistan as well as other key theaters around the globe. Hungary provides a multi-faceted contribution to the NATO-led ISAF mission, including combat forces that protect Kabul International Airport (KAIA), special operations forces without caveats, and mentors and trainers as well as a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afghanistan’s Baghlan Province that has implemented civilian development projects in cooperation with USAID.
Hungarian and American servicemen and women regularly train together and carry out complex special operations. Our Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT), manned jointly in Baghlan with Ohio National Guard troops, has trained and fought alongside a battalion-size Afghan force in its efforts to gain full operational capability. It is hoped the OMLT will soon be redeployed as a Military Advisory Team (MAT).
In 2013 an average of 14% of the overall force strength of Hungarian land forces were deployed across different operations and missions (NATO, EU and other - over 70 % with NATO) in conformity with NATO’s usability target of 10%. Hungary also contributes around 200 troops to Kosovo Force (KFOR).
CONTRIBUTION TO CRITICAL CAPABILITIES
As a regular host and participating member in the Strategic Airlift Capability Program (SAC), Hungary contributes to meeting critical NATO and EU capability shortfalls. The Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) based at Pápa airbase in Hungary remains the operational unit of SAC and features three state-of-the-art C-17 strategic lift aircraft regularly employed in diverse mission sets including supply missions to Afghanistan and humanitarian missions to Haiti.
In the wake of our losses, Hungary has strengthened its capabilities to counter improvised explosive devices (IED). In order to contribute to saving the life of our and allied soldiers, Hungary conducts NATO accredited advanced counter-IED “train the trainer” courses that help meet one of the most critical threats on today’s battlefields.
Hungary also leads NATO’s only accredited Military Medical Center of Excellence since 2009. The Center provides cutting-edge combat medical training and expertise to deployed forces. At the NATO Chicago Summit, Hungary announced that it will begin contributing fighter jets to the Baltic Air Policing mission, an important component of our Smart Defense initiative. Our combat aircraft will be deployed to help guard the airspace of Baltic states with no air force of their own, freeing up defense resources that they can invest in other capabilities.
Hungary also participates in NATO efforts to defend against weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by offering chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense assets (e.g. a mobile biological laboratory) as part of the NATO Reaction Force.