Turkish Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank announced his readiness to discuss with Hungary the supply of multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) as an alternative to the American HIMARS. At the same time, Hungary has not yet officially spoken about plans to buy HIMARS, APA's Istanbul correspondent reports.
This topic was raised at a meeting of the bilateral commission of countries on economic cooperation. The event was attended by the head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, Peter Szijjarto, together with Mr. Varank.
“I don’t know if Hungary will take steps (on the purchase of HIMARS. — Kommersant), but I will say the following: in Turkiye, we produce alternative systems. If a corresponding need arises, we are ready to provide the necessary support in this context,” the Turkish minister said.
Mr. Szijjártó responded by saying that when discussing the purchase of weapons for its army, Hungary first turns to NATO allies, among whose members there is Turkiye. He clarified that while the Hungarian authorities are evaluating a number of proposals for the purchase of MLRS, but did not provide details.