Discovery Air Defence Services (DA Defence) recently completed its first-ever training with the Austrian Air Force at Wittmun air base, Germany. Seven Eurofighters from Austria’s Überwachungsgeschwader (Surveillance Wing) at Zeltweg trained against two DA Defence A-4N Skyhawks in air-to-air gunnery, as well as Eurofighters from the German Luftwaffe’s Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 71 (TaktLwG 71, Tactical Air Force Wing 71) ‘Richthofen’ in supersonic intercepts. DA Defence’s training qualified the Austrian pilots in air-to-air weapons and tactics.
“DA Defence’s crews and aircraft played a pivotal role in the success of this Austrian Air Force training exercise,” said Rolf Brandt, Senior Program Manager – German Operations, DA Defence. “We delivered highly accurate and cost-effective air targets for Austria’s elite Eurofighter pilots. Discovery Air Defence helped Austria to enhance its operational effectiveness and readiness against threats.”
“We are very proud to work with new partners and customers,” said Daniel Gibeau, Chief Operating Officer, DA Defence. “Our participation in this air-to-air gunnery exercise is testament to our world-class expertise and dedication to provide a highly-advanced training for Austria, Germany, NATO and other NATO allies who train with the German military such as Austria, at home and on deployment.”
DA Defence has provided contracted airborne training services for the German military since 2015.
The full story of the Austrian Air Force’s deployment to Wittmund will appear in the July issue of AFM, on sale globally from June 15.