Defence Forces 2016Flags for Schools Initiative

As part of Ireland’s Centenary Programme to commemorate the 1916 Rising, Óglaigh na hÉireann, the Defence Forces, will play a key role in everything from State Ceremonial to assistance for our Local Authorities, our schools and our communities.

The first major task for Defence Forces 2016 is the delivery of an Irish Flag to every Primary School in the country, starting on 14th September 2015.

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Agusta Westland AW139

The Air Corps took delivery of its first two Agusta Westland AW139 aircraft in November 2006. There are currently six of the type in service.
The AW139 is a medium-lift twin-engine helicopter with a troop lifting capacity of up to 14 personnel in the normal configuration. In the cockpit the aircrew have a fully integrated digital avionics and cockpit display system, which includes an autopilot, a dual flight management system with GPS and a radio navigation system. The AW139 is utilised mainly in the army support role.


  • Army support
  • Air ambulance
  • Military transport
  • General utility
AW139 Statistics
Aircraft Type Agusta Westland AW139
Role(s) Army support, air ambulance, military transport and general utility
Crew 2 pilots & upto 8 fully equipped troops
Powerplant 2 x Pratt & Whitney PT-6C-67C turboshafts
Wing Span 13.80 mts. (45ft. 3in.)
Height 4.98 mts. (16ft. 4in.)
Length 16.62 mts. (54ft. 6in.)
Armament TBA
Entered Service November 2006
AW139 Performance
Max T/O Weight 6,000 kgs. (13,227 lbs.)
Service Ceiling 20,000 ft
Cruise Speed 157 kts.
Maximum Speed 167 kts.
Endurance Mission dependant
Range Mission dependant

AW139 Helicopter

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