Austria’s primary counter-terrorism special operations tactical unit EKO Cobra (Einsatzkommando Cobra) was formed in 1978 as a response to the attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. It retains a low profile and is involved mainly in counter terrorism. EKO Cobra is well-known for its high-speed involvement in the war on terror. This well-trained unit was involved in a hostage rescue in the Graz-Karlau Prison in 1996 and many other successful operations. It is the only counter terrorism unit to end a hijacking while the plane was still in the air.
Popularly known as Delta Force, the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D) was approved in 1997 after numerous terrorist incidents in the United States of America. Its primary tasks are direct action, counter-terrorism and national intervention operations. It is a versatile group that is capable of conducting many types of clandestine missions. To be a part of Delta Force, an individual should undergo rigid physical and mental tests. After clearing these tests, the person is permitted to enter into the actual six-month training program.