Palkovics: Defense industry creating 6 business clusters

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One of the clusters will develop around a joint venture to build Lynx infantry fighting vehicles.

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The creation of six business clusters is the most important element of Hungary's defense industry strategy which will be completed by the end of January, Minister for Innovation and Technology László Palkovics said in the latest issue of business weekly Figyelő. 

Palkovics said the clusters include a military vehicle one in the west, comprising a plant under construction to make Lynx infantry fighting vehicles in a joint venture between the state and Germany's Rheinmetall in Zalaegerszeg (215 km southwest of Budapest), as well as majority state-owned automotive industry company Rába, headquartered in Győr (120 km west), and BM Heros, based in Kaposvár (185 km southwest). 

An air defense cluster will be centered around Gyula (215 km southwest of Budapest), where Airbus is setting up a helicopter parts plant, and ammunitions and grenade cluster will be established around Várpalota (90 km southwest of Budapest), where Rheinmetall is building another plant, he said. 

A weapons cluster will be established in Kiskunfélegyháza (120 km southeast of Budapest), a communications and cyber cluster in Budapest and a sensors cluster in the north of the country, Palkovics added.

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