AUSTRIAN AIR FORCE DUTIES ABROAD
Wherever Austrian soldiers are involved in crisis management and to demonstrate solidarity, they are offered support by the Air Force. The highly specialised professionals of the Federal Armed Forces are currently performing this task in Lebanon. The Air Force transport personnel, materials, and equipment over long distances or to remote locations. Reconnaissance and liaison flights are also among the tasks of air support, as are the dropping of relief supplies for people in need from low altitude and the evacuation of Austrians from crisis zones.
Transportation, reconnaissance, evacuation
“Hercules” transporters are the umbilical cord home for Austrian soldiers – a rather powerful umbilical cord. The maximum payload of the C-130 “Hercules” is almost 20 tons. The troops are provided with everything they need, from mineral water bottles to combat vehicles.
The flying hospital
Federal Armed Forces professionals are also well-equipped for so-called MEDEVAC missions. This is the evacuation of sick or seriously injured people from crisis zones by the proven C-130 “Hercules” transport aircraft. Containers with state-of-the-art medical equipment for intensive and non-intensive patients, the so-called MEDEVAC modules, are available for this delicate task. These flying hospitals are accompanied by at least one emergency doctor and two medical NCOs.