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The Air Corps in conjunction with the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform currently operate two EC135 T2 aircraft. The first aircraft entered service in 2003, and both operate 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, whereas the Air Corps provide pilots to the Garda Air Support Unit to fly the aircraft.


  • Garda Air Support
EC135 T2 Statistics
Aircraft TypeEurocopter EC 135 T2
Role(s)Garda Air Support
Crew1 Pilot and 2 GardaÁ
Powerplant2 x Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 turboshafts
Rotor Diameter10.2 metres (33 feet, 6 inches)
Height3.51 metres (10 feet, 9 inches)
Length12.16 metres (39 feet, 11 inches)
ArmamentNot Applicable
Entered Service2003

EC135 T2 Performance
Max T/O Weight2,835 Kilograms (6,245 pounds)
Service Ceiling20,000 feet
Cruise Speed120 knots
Maximum Speed150 knots
EnduranceMission dependant
RangeMission dependant