Since May 2, 2023, the Austrian Armed Forces have been carrying out two supersonic flights a day. Interception maneuvers are trained. The exercises are currently limited to May 12, 2023. According to a statement by the armed forces, these should be carried out between 8:00 a.m. and 16:00 p.m.
Almost the entire federal territory is flown with the exception of metropolitan areas and the federal states of Tyrol and Vorarlberg. The flight areas are determined in cooperation with civil air traffic control. In order to keep the noise level as low as possible, it is flown at great heights.
“This training is essential for our air force. The terrible war in Ukraine has made us realize how important reliable air protection is for a sovereign state. This must be practiced constantly, and this also in the supersonic range," said Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner (ÖVP).