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This week in Austrian defence | April 9

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TWIAD is your weekly, English-language briefing on national security and defence affairs in the alpine republic. The most relevant news reports, press releases, articles and announcements are recapped and, where necessary, given some context for greater accessibility. Feel free to get in touch with us and give us your feedback and thoughts, ask questions in the comments and join the #TWIAD raucity on Twitter! €19.84m MoD expenditures on external services in 2016 The Austrian Ministry in Defence in a response to MP Nikolaus Scherak’s parliamentary inquiry revealed its 2016 expenditures for externally sourced services, totalling €19.84m. This equals about half of the government’s total stated expenditures of €42.2m in that category. The figure does not, however, include all ministries. Item Cost Transport Services €6.59m Trainings €4,73m “Task Force Eurofighter” €3.4m Media and advertisement €0.95m Other  €4.17m TOTAL €19.84m A comprehensive tabular list of all stated expenditures can be found here (German). Alouette III retiring in 2020 Contrary to what has been reported last month, Austria’s venerable Alouette III helicopters are not going to remain in service until 2025, but scheduled to retire in 2020. According to Milnews.at, there will be no direct successor and pilots will be retrained for the AB-212. The AB-212 has been touted a poor …

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This week in Austrian defence | April 2

In Blog, English, weekly review by Bernhard VölklLeave a Comment

TWIAD is your weekly, English-language briefing on national security and defence affairs in the alpine republic. The most relevant news reports, press releases, articles and announcements are recapped and, where necessary, given some context for greater accessibility. Feel free to get in touch with us and give us your feedback and thoughts, ask questions in the comments and join the #TWIAD raucity on Twitter! Bundesheer foreign missions: figures updated March 2017 figures were published for the Austrian Armed Forces’ foreign deployments. 1,105 personnel are currently serving in 15 overseas missions. Mission Name Mission Area Personnel EUFOR ALTHEA Bosnia-Herzegowina 313 KFOR Kosovo 474 UNIFIL Lebanon 180 EUTM RCA Central African Republic 3 OSCE Armenia Armenia 1 AUTCON HUN Hungary 50 OSCE SMMU Ukraine 11 RCM Afghanistan 10 MINURSO Western Sahara 5 EUTM Mali Mali 6 EUNAVFOR MED SOPHIA Mediterranean Sea 23 RACVIAC Croatia 1 UNFICYP Cyprus 4 UNTSO Middle East 4 EUMM Georgia Georgia 4 TOTAL 1,105 New commanding general for EUFOR ALTHEA Austrian GenMjr (MAJGEN) Anton Waldner assumed command of EUFOR troops in Bosnia-Herzegowina on March 28. Austria is the largest supplier of troops for the peace mission, with Turkey coming second among 19 partner nations in total. Diplomatic rows between the two top contributors are …