CASA CN235

The Air Corps currently operates two Casa CN 235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. These aircraft entered service in 1994 and operate seven days a week usually in the off shore maritime patrol arena.

Working in close conjunction with the Naval Service, the two Casa CN 235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft of 101 Squadron provide an aerial platform for patrolling the Irish Economic Zone, an area of approximately 132,000 square miles or 16% of the total EU sea fisheries. This in itself represents an area almost five times the land area of Ireland and encompasses perhaps one of the most productive fisheries in the world.

Roles:

  • Offshore maritime patrol
  • Inshore maritime patrol
  • Air ambulance
  • Military transport
  • Search and Rescue top cover
  • Parachuting operations
CASA Statistics

Aircraft Type

Casa CN235-100 MPA

Role(s)

Maritime patrolling, air ambulance, military transport, Search and Rescue top cover and Parachuting operations

Crew

2 Pilots, 2 Sensor and Radar Operators, 1 Photographer

Powerplant

2 x General Electric CT7-9C turbo props

Wing Span

25.81 metres (84 feet 8 inches)

Height

8.12 metres. (26 feet, 8 inches)

Length

21.4 metres (70 feet, 3 inches)

Armament

Not Applicable

Entered Service

1994

CASA Performance

Max T/O Weight

15,800 Kilograms (34,800 pounds)

Service Ceiling

25,000 feet

Cruise Speed

180 Knots (Patrol cruise)

Maximum Speed

240 knots

Endurance

8 hours (Plus reserves)

Range

1,440 nautical miles (Patrol operations)

CASA Maritime Patrol

 

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