AUS­TRIAN ARMY TO DE­COM­MIS­SION 750 AR­MOURED VE­HI­CLES

SP's LandForces - - SHOW REPORT / INTERVIEW -

British Army troops be­long­ing to 16 Air As­sault Bri­gade have taken part in a train­ing ex­er­cise called Ex­er­cise Ea­gles Flight 12 in Sal­is­bury Plain, UK. Ex­er­cise Ea­gles Flight 12 aims to en­hance key skills re­quired for the Air­borne Task Force (ABTF), which en­sures that the Bri­gade main­tains a force ready to be de­ployed any­where in the world at short notice to do The Aus­trian Army is set to de­com­mis­sion around 750 ar­moured ve­hi­cles from its cur­rent fleet in­ven­tory of 1,150 ve­hi­cles, in the wake of cuts an­nounced by the De­fence Min­istry in Novem­ber 2011 to gen­er­ate sav­ings for in­vest­ments in mul­ti­pur­pose ve­hi­cles. The Min­istry an­nounced that the Aus­trian armed forces will dis­pose about two-thirds of its heavy equip­ment fleet, in­clud­ing var­i­ous types of tanks, 20mm and 35mm anti-air­craft guns, Mis­tral anti-air­craft mis­siles, Panz­er­ab­wehrlenkwaffe 2000 anti-tank mis­siles and mor­tars, by 2014. In ad­di­tion, the armed forces are also expected to re­duce the num­ber of per­son­nel by ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 by 2014, to align ca­pa­bil­i­ties with re­al­is­tic op­er­a­tional sce­nar­ios.

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