An Austrian Eurofighter Typhoon on patrol on 24 January 2014 during the World Economic Summit in Swiss Davos (Image © Österreichs Bundesheer)

Austrians deploy large air force for Swiss security

An Austrian Eurofighter Typhoon on patrol on 24 January 2014 during the World Economic Forum in Swiss Davos (Image © Österreichs Bundesheer)
An Austrian Eurofighter Typhoon on patrol on 24 January 2014 during the World Economic Forum in Swiss Davos (Image © Österreichs Bundesheer)

The Austrian Armed Forces (Österreichs Bundesheer) deployed a large air force of 30 aircraft and helicopters and 1100 troops from 21 to 26 January 2014 to help secure the World Economic Forum in Davos in neighbouring Switzerland.

During the entire event Austrian aircraft were present practically 24/7 in the skies over Tirol and Vorarlberg. Any aircraft that entered the area were identified and escorted away. Fortunately, no potential threats posed a big risk.

All available aircraft types of the Bundesheer were deployed during the summit, from the Alouette III, Agusta Bell AB 212s and S-70 Black Hawks to the Eurofighter Typhoons. The Austrian and Swiss Air Forces transferred information electronically, with both countries having liaison officers attached to the air ops staff in the neighbouring nation. Einsatzzentrale Basisraum in St. Johann in Pongau was the Austrian nerve centre during the operation.

Although no information has been given on the number of flight hours made by the aircraft deployed, the air time will be taken off from the yearly quota of each air asset.

Source: Österreichs Bundesheer

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