Austrian minister of defence Gerald Klug presented a wide-ranging restructuring package for the Austrian Federal Army (Bundesheer) on 3 October to enable the service to cope with more spending cuts.
With defence spending set to drop by a further EUR80 million (USD101 million) in 2015, threatening the Bundesheer's
ability to carry out its core functions, cuts of up to EUR200 million a year will be required to restructure the force and provide some financial room to carry out key tasks, said Klug
Presenting the 'Structural package 2018', Klug
explained that "it is and will be necessary and unavoidable, to give the Bundesheer
a structure that takes into account the budgetary framework-conditions available.
explicitly underlined that much needed updates to Austria's nine Sikorsky S-70A42 Black Hawk helicopters, the long-overdue replacements of the obsolete OH-58B Kiowa and Alouette III helicopters and 44-year old Saab-105OE jet-trainers, will require additional funding from 2016.
"These programmes cannot be borne by the running budgets.
Without extra funds these essential assets for disaster-relief and air-surveillance will be gone by 2020 at the latest," he