Eurofighter AustriaEurofighter Typhoon takes over protection of Austrian Aerospace
30th June - The Eurofighter Typhoon took over the protection of Austrian airspace under the leadership of the Joint Armed Forces Command, Graz, and the Air Surveillance Command, Wals, of the Austrian military. Austria became the first export customer for Eurofighter Typhoon following selection of the type in 2003.
The Austrian Air Force will receive a total of 15 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft up to 2009, all of which will be stationed with the Air Surveillance squadron at Zeltweg, Steiermark.
The first of the 15 aircraft was accepted into the squadron on 12 July 2007. In just eleven months since then, fully armed Eurofighter Typhoons have been patrolling the skies over the Austrian host stadiums during the Euro 2008 football championships, securing the airspace together with other aircraft types and ground-based support, therefore guaranteeing security at the venues.