AUSTRIAN ARMY TO DECOMMISSION 750 ARMOURED VEHICLES
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.