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New Austrian defence minister orders review of Eurofighter exit

14 February 2018

Austria’s new centre-right coalition government has set up a commission to review the July 2017 decision by the previous defence minister, Social Democrat Hans Peter Doskozil, to phase out Austria’s 15 Tranche 1 Eurofighters by 2020.

Austria’s new coalition government has set up a commission to review the July 2017 decision to phase out the nation's Eurofighters. (Geoffrey Lee/Eurofighter)Austria’s new coalition government has set up a commission to review the July 2017 decision to phase out the nation's Eurofighters. (Geoffrey Lee/Eurofighter)

The new Austrian defence minister, Mario Kunasek, of the right wing Freedom Party, on 15 February presented the new commission chaired by Lieutenant General Norbert Gehart, head of the general staff’s armaments and procurement section. The commission’s four subgroups have until June to re-assess the future of Eurofighter in Austria and of the Alpine nation‘s peacetime air policing and surveillance.

Kunasek explained: “The new commission will take into account the findings of the task force set up by my predecessor, Doskozil, but I do not feel bound by his decision to end the Eurofighter programme so early.

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