Hungarian air-force may police Austrian skies

In the event of a military situation Austria would be heavily dependent on its nearest EU allies due to the unexpected costs and budget restriction of current capabilities.

Hungarian air-force may police Austrian skies

World Bulletin / News Desk

Expected budget restrictions mean that Austria may be reliant on its neighbour's air-force to fly missions in Austria's air space, according to a report in the Kurier newspaper on Friday.

In the event of a military situation Austria would be heavily dependent on its nearest EU allies due to the unexpected costs and budget restriction of current capabilities.

As reported in The Local in May, the Austrian defense minister Gerald Klug reports that the army is going broke - saying that with its current budget the army "is no longer financially viable".

Every operational hour of the country's Eurofighter costing €70,000. As The Local also reported, due to the latest budget restrictions, there are only 12 pilots for Austria's 15 Eurofighter planes.

In real terms, Austria's latest defense budget will spend 0.5% of the country's GDP - putting it in the league of countries like Luxembourg, Ireland and Papua New Guinea.

The move to radically cut defense spending and rely on allies increases the likelihood that Austria will experience what happened in Switzerland earlier in the year, when a hijacked Ethiopian plane was forced to land in Geneva - escorted by French fighters, since Swiss military planes only fly during regular office hours. 

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