Gerald Klug Becomes New Minister of Defence and Sports
Gerald Klug is Austria's new Minister of Defence and Sports and thus head of the Austrian Armed Forces. On 11 March he was inaugurated by Federal President Heinz Fischer. On the same day, his predecessor, Norbert Darabos, handed over the ministry as Austria's military leaders welcomed Klug in the Rossau Barracks of ... Read more
Austrian Armed Forces to Keep Conscript Service
In a referendum on 20 January, Austrians voted to retain compulsory military service. Nearly 60% voted to keep the draft, 40% favoured a professionalization of the forces.
Six Month Service
After beeing screened and found fit, Austrian male citizens must serve six months in the army or nine months in ... Read more
Golan Heights: Wounded Soldiers Return Home Safely
Two Austrian peacekeeping soldiers wounded in a crossfire near Damascus, Syria, have returned home safely. They were flown to Linz-Hörsching by an Austrian Armed Forces' C-130 "Hercules". Their condition is described as not life-threatening.
On Their Way to Austria
Together with other ... Read more
Styria: Army Deploys After Mudslides Wreaked Havoc
Nearly 500 soldiers of the Austrian Armed Forces are helping to clean up several small communities around Liezen, province of Styria. Triggered by days of heavy rain, landslides and floods have wreaked havoc in the region. Mudslides have damaged buildings and blocked the roads, forcing the Army to deploy helicopters as ... Read more
Austrian Helicopter Teams On Training Exercise In Portugal
From 4 to 18 July 2012, Portugal hosts "Hot Blade 2012", a multinational helicopter exercise. The training is based at Ovar Military Airfield, near Porto and is part of the European Defence Agency's Helicopter Training Program. The Austrian Armed Forces are contributing by sending 45 soldiers and six Agusta ... Read more
"Amadeus 2012": Armed Forces Conduct Evacuation Training
On Monday, the Austrian Armed Forces began their annual "Amadeus" Air Force training. The two week long exercise involves some 2,300 soldiers and a wide variety of aircraft. Thus, making it this year's biggest training effort.
"Amadeus 2012" is based on a ... Read more
Bosnia: EUFOR Rescued Family out of Kalinovik
During the night between 4 and 5 February, EUFOR was requested by Bosnian authorities to conduct an air rescue operation in the area of Kalinovik. There, a family of four (three adults and one child) had become cut off from civilization by heavy snowfall.
Search and Rescue Operation
On Monday, a search ... Read more
Lebanon: Austrian Troops Participate in Peacekeeping Mission
The Austrian Armed Forces have deployed 160 peacekeeping troops to Lebanon. Their task is to help with supplying logisitics for the United Nations' UNIFIL mission in the country. The Austrian personnel are stationed in Naqoura, in southwest Lebanon, near the Israeli border.
The ... Read more
AirPower11 Exceeded All Expectation
More than 290,000 fans visited the AirPower11, bringing Austria’s air show to a new attendance record. The show was also a success for the region, which profited by 60,000 additional overnight stays, and a regional additional value of 15 million Euros.
Spotters Took One Million Photos
Approximately ... Read more
Austrian Flight Crews Take Part In European Helicopter Training
Between 24 May and 12 June, Austrian Air Force helicopter crews take part in the exercise "Italian Call 2011". The exercise takes place at Viterbo, north of Rome, and is part of the European Defence Agency's helicopter training programme.
The aim of the exercise is to train ... Read more
Austrian Armed Forces Announce Massive Reduction of Heavy Equipment
Minister of Defence and Sports Norbert Darabos has announced a reduction of the Austrian Armed Forces' fleet of armoured vehicles by more than 50 percent.
About 1,000 Items of Equipment
More than 500 armoured vehicles will be decommissioned, including all "Kürassier" light tanks, all ... Read more
New Vehicles for the Armed Forces
On Thursday, the Austrian Armed Forces presented two of the recently ordered IVECO "Light Multirole Vehicles", along with new JCB backhoe loaders.
Support During Disaster Relief Missions
The 8.5 ton JCB Sitemaster Servo 4CX backhoe loaders will be used by Army engineers to remove the remains of ... Read more
Major General Bair Takes Office as EU Force Commander in Bosnia
Major General Bernhard Bair of the Austrian Armed Forces has taken over command of the EU military mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Bair succeeds Italian Major General Stefano Castagnotto and will hold his new post for the period of one year.
High Reputation for Excellent Work
"The appointment of an ... Read more
Austrian Eurofighters Surveil Defence Ministers Meeting in Slovakia
During the meetings of NATO's Defence Ministers held in Bratislava, Slovakia, from Thursday 22 to Friday 23 October, the Austrian Armed Forces' Eurofighters were significantly involved in the air policing operation "Bratislava09".
Protection Against Air Threats
For the duration of the talks, ... Read more
AirPower09: "Our Air Base Almost Looked Like Woodstock"
From 26th to 27th June 2009, participants from 19 different nations helped transform the military air base in Zeltweg, Styria, into the most thrilling airfield in the world: Highlights such as the first official appearance of the Austrian Eurofighters - including a demonstration of an interception -, the breathtaking ... Read more
Training Course for UN Peacekeeping Missions in Austria
From 4th to 15th May 2009 potential leaders of the UN peacekeeping missions met in Vienna to attend the United Nation's "Senior Mission Leaders Course". This high-level training course was organised by the United Nation's Department of Peacekeeping Operations in collaboration with the Austrian Ministry of ... Read more
Army Invests in the Security of the Population and its Soldiers
With the procurement of 150 protected multipurpose vehicles and the modernization of the aviation radio system, the Austrian Armed Forces plan to increase the protection of its troops at home and abroad, as well as the security of the domestic air traffic.
Protected Multipurpose Vehicles
The "Light ... Read more
Austrian Staff-Officers Supported Exercise in Eastern Africa
In November, the "Standby High Readiness Brigade for United Nations Operations" (SHIRBRIG) participated in an exercise at the International Mines Action Training Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, in support of the "Eastern Africa Standby Brigade".
Regional Security Force
The purpose of the ... Read more
Flyout of the F-5 "Tiger" fleet
On Monday Austria handed back its twelve F-5 "Tiger" interceptor planes to the Swiss Air Force. Since July 2004, the Austrian Armed Forces had been leasing the planes to bridge the gap between the retirement of the ageing Saab Drakens and the new Eurofighter jets that Austria is currently receiving. ... Read more
Austria Sent 160 Soldiers to Chad
The Austrian Armed Forces deployed a total of 160 soldiers to the Republic of Chad. The soldiers are part of the European Union's EUFOR mission to protect refugees from the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur. The contingent comprises special operations forces, medical personnel, and logistic personnel, as well as staff ... Read more