Jun 24, 2014
Hungarian air-force may police Austrian skies
If a jet is hijacked over Austria, the air-force is scrambled -- but from Hungary, since Austria lacks the capabilities.
Austria would be heavily dependent on its nearest EU allies in the event of a military situation, due to the unexpected costs and budget restriction of current capabilities.
In real terms, Austria's latest defense budget will spend 0.5% of the country's GDP.
The move to radically cut defense spending and rely on allies increases the likelihood that Austria will experience what happened in Switzerland earlier in the year, when a hijacked Ethiopian plane was forced to land in Geneva - escorted by French fighters, since Swiss military planes only fly during regular office hours.