Austrian Army completes “Schutzschild 24” exercise with international participation

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The Austrian Armed Forces have successfully completed "Schutzschild 24", the largest exercise in a decade. From June 10 to 21, 2024, 7.500 soldiers and civilian employees from Austria, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sweden, Croatia and Montenegro trained in the federal states of Burgenland, Lower Austria, Styria and Carinthia. The aim was to prepare for protective tasks for national defense and to test operational readiness in international crisis management.

Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner emphasized the importance of such exercises for effective national defense and underlined the return to regular large-scale exercises. Major General Martin Dorfer praised the troops' performance and emphasized the importance of daily training and regular exercises for a functioning defense capability.

Klagenfurt Airport (Photo: Lilihill).
Klagenfurt Airport (Photo: Lilihill).