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The Austro-Hungarian Army Air Service operated various types of aircraft during their combat operations against the Italians, Russians, Rumanians, and Albanians, and for the most part their equipment was not particularly state-of-the-art. On the Italian side, while some Italian designs were used, many of the aircraft they faced were the latest designs from France and Britain, some flown by British pilots. The Austrians never had adequate resources to prosecute the war in the first place as their aviation industry had been neglected before the war, resulting in only limited successes. They operated on a shoestring and did remarkably well, considering their limited resources.
However, the Germans provided the Austrians with a number of modern Albatros D.II and D.III fighters, and also licensed the production of the D.III by Oeffag, an Austrian firm. The Oeffag D.III product was somewhat redesigned, which resulted in a plane that was stronger and better-performing that their German counterparts. A total of 49 pilots became aces flying the 586 Oeffag-built Albatros D.III fighters produced in Austria during the war.