Qatari Delegation Discusses Lynx Armored Fighting Vehicle Cooperation with Rheinmetall Hungary

Qatar already has Rheinmetall-made Skynex short-range air defense system
  • Defensemirror.com Bureau
  • 05:04 AM, November 24, 2023
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Qatari Delegation Discusses Lynx Armored Fighting Vehicle Cooperation with Rheinmetall Hungary
Qatari military leaders at Zalaegerszeg-based Rheinmetall Hungary plant on Nov.21, 2023 @Hungary MoD

A delegation of Qatari military leaders paid a visit to the Rheinmetall Hungary plant in Zalaegerszeg, where they were introduced to the advanced capabilities of the Lynx armored fighting vehicle.

Headed by Brigadier General Dr. Yusuf Ahmed al-Kayed, the Qatari delegation was received by Colonel István Hajnal, Deputy Commander, HDF Land Forces Command. Under the guidance of Colonel Zsolt Molnár, Commander, HDF 30th Armored Infantry Brigade, the soldiers of the Hódmezővásárhely unit – a complete Lynx platoon and the crew of the combat vehicle – also participated in the static display.

Qatari Delegation Discusses Lynx Armored Fighting Vehicle Cooperation with Rheinmetall Hungary
Lynx IFV @Hungary MoD

During the visit, the Qatari guests were given a firsthand look at the manufacturing process of the Lynx armored fighting vehicle, specifically the KF41 variant, within the factory building inaugurated on 18 August. The "big cat" itself, the newly procured Lynx combat vehicle family, was showcased in the showroom.

Under the guidance of Colonel Zsolt Molnár, Commander of the HDF 30th Armored Infantry Brigade, the Qatari delegation witnessed a static display featuring a complete Lynx platoon and the crew of the combat vehicle. The "big cat" demonstrated its prowess on the proving ground, followed by a visit to the experimental shooting hall.

Qatari Delegation Discusses Lynx Armored Fighting Vehicle Cooperation with Rheinmetall Hungary
Qatari military leaders at Zalaegerszeg-based Rheinmetall Hungary plant on Nov.21, 2023 @Hungary MoD

“The visit by the Qatari delegation has created an opportunity for us to present the world’s cutting edge infantry fighting vehicle in cooperation with the Hungarian Defence Forces. Besides introducing the outstanding capabilities of the Lynx KF41, we also informed our guests about the current state of the defence industry development projects of Rheinmetall in Hungary,” said Renáta Németh-Hermán, the CEO’s assistant responsible for press-related tasks at the Hungarian defence industry enterprise.

The meeting also included negotiations on potential cooperation that could bring military and industrial benefits to both Hungary and Qatar, with the prospect of strengthening bilateral relations in the future. Notably, the Qatar Emiri Air Defence Forces already possess the Skynex short-range air defense system developed by Rheinmetall Air Defence AG, a German-owned, Switzerland-based subsidiary of Rheinmetall.

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