COBRA In Austria

No, this is not the same “Ruthless terrorist organization, determined to rule the world” from G.I. Joe. COBRA is Austria’s counter terrorist group. They act more like a hybrid of SWAT and GSG9.


Here is an article about their operations of 2014. I had my Austrian friend David translate some of it for me.

He wrote this about the article

On an average they have 27 operations a day. (From little stuff like drunken fools who lock themselves up with their guns, to bank robberies, up to joint operations against jihadi recruiting cells like a few months ago.) The last operation was also mentioned in the article and how quietly it was carried out in about 20 places at the same time. Also the article says, that the ministry of interior is trying to work closer with the jewish community to show them that they are not left alone in the light of the recent attacks in Europe

In my opinion the Cobra is much more like a SWAT team. They are regarded as one of the leading SF forces of the police forces worldwide. They’ve won the 3rd Annual Warrior Competition in Jordan in 2011, next to GSG9 or Force Recon.

They have different departments from SWAT teams, bomb defusal teams, bodyguards and air marshals. Like everywhere they are massively underfunded, which led to the death of some officers last year during a police operation against a poacher who had a fully automatic assault rifle (illegally – you can only own semi autos here, as you might remember).

I ran into two of the Cobra bodyguards yesterday at a conference, where they were guarding one of the ambassadors. They were quite cynic about the article and laughed it off.


Here an Austrian article about the Poacher from 2013.


Here are some pics of the COBRA unit.

Cobra 1


They are using Steyer Augs and Glocks.Cobra 3



This sniper is using a Steyr Mannlicher SSG08Cobra 5


Same with this guy in Pencott Greenzone camo.Cobra 6

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  • TheSmellofNapalm

    Even if it comes standard, what a bizarre optic choice for breach and clear. Don’t understand why they have to wear those call of duty Soviet Ultranationalist skimasks

    • iksnilol

      Protecting your identity maybe? Besides, skimasks (AKA balaclavas) are standard wear among special police and the like. Mainly to protect their identities.

      It really is annoying to explain that to people. Special police (SWAT and the like) wear masks so that people won’t recognize them and attack their family or associates.

      It is not rocket surgery.

    • micmac80

      Protecting ones indentity is the main purpose of the skimask with such units. With russians is sometimes simply that cold that skimask is best tool for the job and as such not only used by SF .

    • claymore

      Could be for fire protection.

      • iksnilol

        Forgot that one, fire and smoke protection. Personally I used to wear a balaclava here in Norway due to the cold. Now I just use a scarf because I wear glasses now (any ideas on preventing fogging?).

  • Fruitbat44

    More SWAT than SF? Hybrid of SWAT & GSG-9? Not quite sure I catch the meaning here.

    Good job on Cobra (or is it COBRA?) taking down 20 different targets on a counter jihadist operation “quietly.”

    Perhaps having a cool sounding name really does help.

    • Nicholas Chen

      Sorry for the confusing wording. Cobra is not strictly a swat team. But they aren’t purely a special forces team either. They are a hybrid based on the jobs they perform.

      • Fruitbat44

        Thanks for clarifying.

    • Vitsaus

      Very typical of European “tiered” levels of law enforcement. Until recently, the US did not have the concept of paramilitary police forces the way that Europe has been doing for quite some time. But Mr. Chen’s description is apt, something inbetween cops and soldiers, who can be called up to deal with things within cities or otherwise inhabited areas where military are not normally stationed. Think of Spain’s Guardia Civil as a good example or Italy’s Carbinier (bad spelling) as very old versions of this principle.

      • Wetcoaster

        I think the closest organizational equivalents would be the FBI HRT or the RCMP’s federal-level ERT before that responsibility was shifted to the military (JTF2).

        The thing we have to keep in mind is that European countries tend to geographically be a lot smaller, which makes something like a nation-wide SWAT organization a lot more feasible than in a country where the crisis might be a 5-hour flight away on a good day.

  • gunslinger

    that ramp truck thing looks pretty cool

  • sultan of swing

    Austria was better off after the Anschluss

  • sultan of swing

    Catholics. yeah- didn’t think that needed TFB approval like “j##ws” does

  • sultan of swing

    gotta protect them joos- the Chosen Tribe need to be protected at all costs

  • Einsatzkommando? LOL. Fortunately no gruppen in there.

    • sultan of swing

      you mean unfortunately

      • Don Ward

        Wat? Schneriously?

  • Yellow Devil

    My type of COBRA…

  • uncle adolf

    gotta protect them joos- they are the Chosen Tribe ya know. 88.

  • M

    If anyone doesn’t already know, EKO Cobra is the reason the Glock 18 was created. They also have the Steyr TMP

  • sultan of swing

    gotta protect dem joos at all costs- some Chosenites are more equal than others

  • Don Ward