Pilatus Britten Norman Defender

The Air Corps in conjunction with the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform currently operate one Pilatus Britten Norman Defender 4000 aircraft. This aircraft entered service in 1997 and operates seven days a week in the Garda Air Support role.

Operational control of the aircraft remains with the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, while the Air Corps provide pilots and aircraft technicians to the Garda Air Support Unit to fly and maintain the aircraft.


  • Garda Air Support
PBN Defender 4000 Statistics
Aircraft Type PBN Defender 4000
Role(s) Garda Air Support
Crew 1 Pilot and 2 Gardaí
Powerplant 2 x Allison 250-B17F turbo props
Wing Span 16.15 metres (53 feet)
Height 4.3 metres (14 feet, 2 inches)
Length 12.2 metres (40 feet, 4 inches)
Armament Not Applicable
Entered Service 1997
PBN Defender 4000 Performance
Max T/O Weight 3,859 Kilogrammes (8,500 pounds)
Service Ceiling 10,000 feet
Cruise Speed 154 knots
Maximum Speed 161 knots
Endurance Mission dependant
Range Mission dependant

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