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 Multirole Vehicles" of IVECO Defence Vehicles will be used for transportation, patrol, scout and command missions. The vehicles will increase the mobility of troops and at the same time guarantee their protection. The "Light Multirole Vehicles" are suited for the transport of four people with their equipment, and it is also possible to mount a weapon turret on the roof. The first IVECO vehicles are expected to arrive this year, with the distribution to the troops to begin in 2010.
New Radio System
Beside the new vehicles, the Viennese company Frequentis received the order to modernise the military's aeronautical radio system. Due to various works, the modernisation of the system will continue into 2011.
New and Secured Jobs
Both investments benefit Austria's economy. Of the total procurement envelope of 104 million Euros, about 51 per cent will be returned to Austrian firms. Thus, the purchases will create new jobs and secure 200 to 250 additional domestic jobs.