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Austrian Tank Crews Win Strong Europe Tank Challenge

Austrian tank crews feature the Strong Europe Tank Challenge trophy.

For the first time Austrian tank crews participated in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge at Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany. And what an appearance the soldiers made: Despite being the newcomers, they returned home with the trophy. Germany placed second, and the United States third.  Read more

Eurofighter: Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports Files Criminal Complaint Against Two Airbus Companies

A Eurofighter interceptor on its airbase in Zeltweg.

The Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports (FMDS) has filed a criminal complaint with the Vienna Office of Public Prosecutions today against Airbus Defence and Space GmbH (formerly EADS Deutschland GmbH) and Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH based on suspected willful and fraudulent deception. The Republic of Austria represented by the Finanzprokuratur (lawyer and legal advisor of the Republic of Austria) has joined the proceedings against the two Airbus companies as a private party.  Read more

AIRPOWER16: Airshow Attracted Impressive Crowds

A Eurofighter jet in front of a Styrian hot-air balloon.

Austria's biggest ever airshow proved to be the climax of Styria's summer events calendar. Hinterstoisser Air Base in Zeltweg welcomed around 300,000 AIRPOWER fans on September 2 and 3 for two nine-hour, action-packed days of flying - including a demonstration by the Armed Forces, spectacular displays by the Flying Bulls and Red Bull Aces Exhibition and some of the best aerobatic display teams in Europe. The region also benefitted significantly from the family event.  Read more

Hans Peter Doskozil Sworn in as new Minister of Defence and Sports

Hans Peter Doskozil, left, with Federal President Heinz Fischer.

Today, Hans Peter Doskozil has been sworn in as new Minister of Defence and Sports. Thus, he becomes head of the Austrian Armed Forces. He was inaugurated by Federal President Heinz Fischer.  Read more

Air Reconnaissance: These Men Keep Track

A helicopter pilot gets ready for a night sortie.

At this moment in time with the refugee crisis, Warrant Officer III Jürgen Beyrer is able to get an oversight of the situation from the helicopter. Whilst in the air he can see for kilometers across the Austrian border - even when it is pitch black he can see up to 5 kilometers with his night vision device.  Read more

Armed Forces Deploy to Help With Refugee Crisis

Police and servicemen patrolling the train station in Salzburg.

More than 1,200 members of the Austrian Armed Forces are currently deploying to help with the influx of thousands of refugees. Their tasks include humanitarian aid as well as border controls.  Read more

Upgrade for Pandur Armoured Personnel Carriers

Soldiers of the 17th Battalion with upgraded Pandur personnel carriers.

The Armed Forces have started a program to modernise their Pandur armoured personnel carriers. Some of the vehicles will reinforce Austria's peacekeepers in Kosovo later this year.  Read more

Wide-Ranging Restructuring Package for the Austrian Armed Forces

Minister Klug and General Commenda presented the restructuring package.

Austria's Minister of Defence and Sports Gerald Klug presented a wide-ranging restructuring package for the Armed Forces. These cuts became necessary to enable the service to cope with new spending cuts. The "Structural package 2018" will help save EUR200 million a year, the Minister explained.  Read more

Vienna: NDU Continuing Education Seminar

Seminar participants included 70 alumni from over 30 countries.

In a joint collaboration between the U.S. National Defense University (NDU) and the Austrian National Defence Academy (NDA), the fourth regional NDU Continuing Education Seminar was held from July 29 to 31, 2014 in Vienna, Austria. The purpose of the seminar was to provide continuing education to alumni on critical security topics and to re-energize the valuable network of NDU graduates in the region.  Read more

Austrian Infantry On Training Mission in Germany

US and Austrian forces trained together.

From 12 May to 3 June, soldiers of the Austrian Army's 25th Jägerbataillon took part in the US-led exercise "Combined Resolve 2014" in Germany.  Read more

Army Called In To Help Flood Victims

Army personnel helps to fight the floods.

Triggered by heavy rains, the Danube and other Austrian rivers have flooded, swamping entire villages. Many roads had to be closed and several rail services were disrupted after days of rain. The weather has left many parts of the country - particularly the western provinces of Vorarlberg, Tyrol and Salzburg, as well as northern Upper Austria - under flood alert.  Read more

Golan Heights: Austria Withdraws Its UN Troops

An Austrian Peacekeeper observing the area of separation.

The Austrian government ordered the withdrawal of its peacekeepers from the Golan Heights in Syria. The 380 soldiers were pulled out because of the continuing deterioration of the situation in the area.  Read more

Lieutenant General Wosolsobe New Director General of the EU Military Staff

Lieutenant General Wosolsobe.

On Tuesday, Lieutenant General Wolfgang Wosolsobe assumed the responsibilities of Director General of the EU Military Staff in Brussels.  Read more

Gerald Klug Becomes New Minister of Defence and Sports

Gerald Klug in his new office in the Rossau Barracks.

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 Vienna.  Read more

Austrian Armed Forces to Keep Conscript Service

The Austrian Armed Forces will continue to rely on 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.  Read more

Golan Heights: Wounded Soldiers Return Home Safely

One of the wounded soldiers is carried out of the C-130.

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.  Read more

Styria: Army Deploys After Mudslides Wreaked Havoc

Hundreds of soldiers are helping to restore order in the area.

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 well.  Read more

Austrian Helicopter Teams On Training Exercise In Portugal

An Austrian AB-212 during a training flight.

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 Bell 212 helicopters.  Read more

"Amadeus 2012": Armed Forces Conduct Evacuation Training

Soldiers are called in to evacuate civilians.

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.  Read more

Bosnia: EUFOR Rescued Family out of Kalinovik

A search and rescue helicopter from the Austrian Helicopter Detachment.

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.  Read more

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