On 22 August the Austrian cabinet’s ministerial council announced that additional funding in the “high hundreds of millions of euros” had been added to the agreed government budget to launch the long-delayed replacement of the air force’s 21 remaining Alouette III helicopters.
Defence Minister Mario Kunasek said that before the end of 2018 his ministry’s air materiel staff would publish requests for proposals for 12 lightweight multirole helicopters with a maximum take-off weight of 3–4 tonnes and for six lighter training helicopters, for which manufacturers are expected to offer combined bids. Kunasek is aiming for delivery in 2022–23.
It was also announced that three UH-60/S-70 Black Hawk helicopters, expected to be procured second-hand, would be added to the service’s nine S-70A42s.
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