Hungary to licence produce Ceska Zbrojovka small arms

03 April 2018

On 28 March, Hungarian Defence Minister István Simicskó and his Czech counterpart, Karla Slechtová, announced a licence agreement to manufacture Czech infantry weapons in Hungary.

The announcement was made during the Visegrad Group-Central European Defence Cooperation joint defence ministerial meeting in Budapest.

The same day, a deal between Hungarian state-owned company Arzenál and CZ Export Praha, a subsidiary of Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ), was signed in Budapest.

Slechtová said the 10-year contract is worth EUR100 million (USD123 million) and that 200,000 CZ-designed small arms are to be produced. She added, “The Czech Armed Forces will also benefit from weapons manufactured in Hungary.”

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