The Austrian Air Force (Österreichische Luftstreitkräfte) - Eurofighter Typhoon

4. July 2017 3 Aktuality

One of the current top multirole aircraft will be the representative of our Southwesterly neighbours at SIAF 2017.

With the maximum speed of Mach 2

Eurofighter is in the inventory of air forces of Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Saudi Arabia and at the end of this year it will enter the service within The Royal Air Force of Oman.

The aircraft manufacturer - Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug started with the delivery for the Austrian Air Force in 2007 – Deliveries of 15 Eurofighter Typhoon started in July 2007. Austria bought 9 new and 6 used jets (ex German Luftwaffe, upgraded, with max. 100-200 flight hours).In Austria the aircraft has been used as an interceptor only.

From One Dollar aircraft to Eurofighter

Shortly before declaring neutrality on October 26, 1955, Austria formed an air arm which was tasked with defending Austria's air space. Basic flying training for the Kommando Luftstreitkräfte (Austria's aviation division and an element of the new "Federal Army") began in December 1955 using Yak-11 Moose and Yak-18 Max aircraft which had been abandoned by retreating Soviet troops. Twenty-two Cessna L-19A Bird Dog observation and liaison aircraft were subsequently purchased under the Mutual Aid Plan for a nominal one Dollar from US forces based in Austria.

Since the sixties the Austrain Air Force has used the aircraft Saab 29 Tunnana, later J 35OE Draken, to cover the Austrian airspace.

InJuly 2002, the Austrian government announced the decision to buy the Typhoon as its new air defence aircraft, the Typhoon having beaten the General Dynamics F-16 and the Saab JAS 39 Gripen in competition.

Main tasks of the Austrian Air Force

The purchase of 24 aircraft was later reduced to 15. The Überwachungsgeschwader (Surveillance Wing) is equipped with Eurofighters and Saab 105 aircraft. They are operated from the airbases in Zeltweg, Styria, and Hörsching

Today, the Luftstreitkräfte have three main tasks:

  • maintaining the sovereignty of its air space,
  • providing reconnaissance, transport, liaison and combat support for its ground forces,
  • acting in an emergency relief capacity both at home and abroad.

The latter ranges from search and rescue (SAR) missions after avalanches, earthquakes and floods to fire-fighting duties.

Eurofighter at Sliač - flight and static display. Is there anything to look forward to?

What about this:

  • Thrust to Weight Ratio: 50% Fuel, A2A missiles
  • Maximum Speed: Mach 2+ (2.120 km/h) in 11.000 m
  • Minimum speed: 203 km/h
  • Climbing Rate: over 315 m/sek.
  • G-limits: -3 to +9 g

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