Irish Air Corps Order Pilatus PC-12s

Irish Air Corps Order Special Mission Pilatus PC-12s

The Irish Air Corps (IAC) signed a contract on 19 December 2017 for three special mission Pilatus PC-12NG aircraft, mission equipment and support services worth €32 million.

IAC sign for 3 Pilatus PC-12s (Credit: via Paul Kehoe TD )

IAC sign for 3 Pilatus PC-12s (Credit: via Paul Kehoe TD )

The IAC originally issued issued a Request for Tender (RFT) in May 2017 for 3 CS-23 certified Fixed Wing Utility Aircraft.  These had to be of an in production type with military experience too.  It is expected that the Cessna 208B Caravan would have been offered in the competition too.

These aircraft are intended for use in Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) roles in addition to other utility support (including logistical support, passenger transport and MEDEVAC / air ambulance roles).  They will replace the Air Corps’ five Cessna FR172H, which entered service in 1972.

The requirement included the provision of a full mission solution including the aircraft, role equipment (including an electro-optical/infrared [EO/IR] turret and communications equipment, plus the ability to fit a LifePort PLUS), training, tools and a logistical support package.

The first two aircraft will be delivered in 2019 and the third in 2020.  The aircraft are expected to have a 20 year service life.

The IAC are already a Pilatus customer as they operate the PC-9M.

Read more here.

UPDATE 2 June 2018: The first aircraft has flown at Stans.

First IAC PC-12 (Credit: via Sean Clancy)

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