60 Years Peacekeeping1958 - 2018

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Ireland's first Peacekeeping deployment in 1958.

Since then, Ireland have maintained the longest unbroken service on the front line of peace with over 70,000 individual tours of duty completed by the men and women of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

This year, we remember the 87 members of the Defence Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of Peace.

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Pilatus PC 9M

The Air Corps currently operates seven Pilatus PC-9M aircraft. These aircraft first entered service in 2004 and operate as the main pilot training aircraft for the Air Corps.

The PC-9M is equipped with a comprehensive, fully tandem-capable VFR/IFR avionics package for navigation, communication and identification, using state of the art equipment. The PC-9M features modern avionics including a Head Up Display (HUD) and Electronic Flight Instrumentation System (EFIS) where primary instruments are displayed. The PC-9M is fitted with a Martin-Baker CG-A Ejection Seat which provides safe escape for the pilot from sea level to its operational ceiling at any airspeed greater than 65 knots.


  • Ab Initio Pilot Training
  • Advanced Pilot Training
  • Instructor Pilot Training
  • Close Air Support
Pilatus PC-9M Statistics
Aircraft Type Pilatus PC-9M
Role(s) Ab Initio, Advanced & Instructor Pilot Training and Close Air Support
Crew 1 Pilot & 1 Student
Powerplant 1 x Pratt & Whitney PT6A-62 turbo prop
Wing Span 10.19 metres (33 feet, 5 inches)
Height 3.25 metres (10 feet, 8 inches)
Length 10.16 mts. (33 feet, 4 inches)
Armament 2 x Rocket Pods - Holding x 2.75” (70mm) ‘FN LAU 7’ Folding Fin Aerial Rockets
2 x .5” FN HMG - Each gun with a 250 round belt
Entered Service 2004

Pilatus PC-9M Training Flight

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Pilatus PC-9M Performance
Max T/O Weight 3,200 Kilogrammes (7,050 pounds)
Service Ceiling 25,000 feet
Cruise Speed 275 knots
Maximum Speed 320 knots
Endurance 4 hours, 30 minutes
Range 850 Nautical Miles

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