An in-depth look at the Irish Air Corps’ aircraft fleet

Regarded as one of the smallest air forces in Europe, the Irish Air Corps (IAC) boasts a limited number of fixed- and rotary-wing platforms that enable Ireland to fulfil its national and international military aviation requirements.

Founded in 1924, the IAC has operated a variety of platforms in several different roles throughout its 97-year-long history. That being said, the air arm has always maintained a relatively small size, in terms of the number of aircraft that it has physically operated at any one time. Even during World War Two – its largest conflict engagement to date – the IAC only operated a limited number of combat aircraft.

Irish PC-9M [Khalem Chapman]
Ireland's Pilatus PC-9M fleet currently provides the nation's sole fixed-wing combat capability, having the ability to be equipped with rocket and heavy machine gun (HMG) pods to enable it to conduct a close air support mission. Khalem Chapman


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