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    Default Irish Air Corps to get new aircraft

    Irish Air Corps will be getting 3 new PC-12 aircraft. They will be replacing their old Cessna aircraft that have served them so well over the years. The IAC already operate the PC-9 aircraft.




    The Air Corps is being supplied with new aircraft, which will provide a generational boost to its capabilities to operate more closely with the Army and the Naval Service and act as "an eye in the sky".

    The three fixed wing utility craft will be equipped for intelligence gathering, targeting and reconnaissance tasks.

    And they will also improve the Air Corp capacity to ferry troops and equipment. Each craft can carry nine passengers or in the case of a medical evacuation, two stretcher patients and support staff.

    Minister with responsibility for defence, Paul Kehoe today signed a contract for the provision of the three Pilatus PC-12 NG, manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd in Stans, Switzerland.

    They will replace the five Cessna aircraft, purchased for the Air Corps in 1972.


    https://www.independent.ie/irish-new...-36421630.html

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    32 mill for 3 would indicate a quite comprehensive ISTAR package...

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    Good to see that it's progressing.

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    32 millions for 3x5 million aircrafts?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilatus_PC-12
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    US$4.93 million (PC-12/47E, 2017)
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    A needed investment

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    All that’s needed now is some F22 Raptors.
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    The 17 million is for the fit out of equipment along with spares supports etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by belfast1981 View Post
    Irish Air Corps will be getting 3 new PC-12 aircraft. They will be replacing their old Cessna aircraft that have served them so well over the years. The IAC already operate the PC-9 aircraft.








    https://www.independent.ie/irish-new...-36421630.html

    And the Indo shows a photo of a helicopter to "illustrate" the story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odyessus View Post
    And the Indo shows a photo of a helicopter to "illustrate" the story.
    HAHA Yeah. Almost as bad as the daily mail for aircraft identification.


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    That's an outrageous cost for 3 turbo props but typical of irish govt procurement, where the taxpayer gets rogered on every deal.

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