VIENNA: The Federal Ministry of Interior delivered secretly and quietly the police with a new anti-terrorist weapon. 700 pieces of the Steyr AUG A3 were issued to the executive. But not only for special units such as WEGA and Cobra, but rather the standard weapon of the hunting command of the soldiers will also be carried in normal radio patrol cars.
In future, each patrol car to be equipped with the new assault rifles. Because of the EU Council Presidency of Austria, 500 of them were taken to the most of Vienna city area and are already in operation. The rifles are carried in a lockable shop system, which is present in the radio car. An official presentation is planned by the end of the year, when the next tranche will be handed over, confirmed Christoph Pölzl, spokesman of the Ministry of the Interior to the Media. The weapons were shown for the first time at the presentation of the new “CopStories”.
By the end of the year, 3000 rifles will be delivered, with a total of 6500 by the end of 2019. Currently, the trainer train the police, soon will then start the training of officials with the new weapon. However, it is not considered that an official with an assault rifle will appear during normal official acts. “This is clearly an anti-terrorist component intended for special situations – such as in 2013 on the Annaberg”, says Pölzl. At that time, the 55-year-old Alois Huber had opened the fire on police and rescue workers and then entrenched himself in his house. Three police officers, including a Cobra officer, and a paramedic died.
The standard weapon of the hunting commandos now in the patrol car
The Steyr AUG A3 is in a modified version since 2007 the standard weapon of the hunting commandos of the army. The elite soldier’s weapon has a longer barrel. Previously under the then Minister of the Interior Wolfgang Sobotka (ÖVP) had been looking for more modern weapons for the police. The new assault rifles give the executives an absolutely high-quality weapon.
On the side is a “Tactical Light”, so a light source for use in the dark. In addition, the weapon has a laser target device, the point but only the shooter sees. Depending on the version, the magazine holds 30 to 50 cartridges, while the police will use the variant with 30 rounds.__Krone.at