Austria increases defence spending

18 September 2019

Austria's acting defence minister Lieutenant General Thomas Starlinger on 17 September presented his ministry's report Unser Heer (Our army) 2030 calling for an increase in defence spending from the current EUR2.4 billion (USD2.7 billion) to EUR3.1 billion in 2020.

The report calls for defence spending to gradually rise from the current 0.6% of gross domestic product (GDP) to 1% of GDP or EUR5 billion by 2030.

It also calls for the replacement of obsolete Saab 105 jet trainers and the upgrade of 15 Eurofighter Tranche 1 aircraft.

A total of EUR16.2 billion is required to equip the Bundesheer by 2030, according to the report.

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