Modern vehicles of the Irish Army

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This is a partial list of the modern vehicles of the Irish Army (and other Irish Defence Forces).

Defence Forces land vehicles[edit]

Number Make/Model Role Armament/notes
54 Mowag Piranha IIIH[1] Armoured Personnel Carrier Armed with 1x12.7mm HMG machine gun, co-ax 7.62mm machine gun, 8x 66mm smoke dischargers
8 Mowag Piranha IIIH Armoured Command Vehicles Armed with 1x12.7mm HMG machine gun, co-ax 7.62mm machine gun, 8x 66mm smoke dischargers
2 Mowag Piranha IIIH Armoured Ambulance
1 Mowag Piranha IIIH Armoured Recovery Vehicle
9 Mowag Piranha IIIH Close Recce Vehicle Armed with the 12.7mm or 40mm H&K GMG in a Kongsberg Protector
6 Mowag Piranha IIIH[1] Medium Recce Vehicle Armed with Oto Melara 30mm cannon
14 Scorpion 440 CVRT, Light recce Tank. Armed with 1x76mm gun, co-ax 7.62mm machine gun, 4 x66mm smoke dischargers.[2]
2 Sisu XA-180 Armoured personnel carrier Used at the Curragh's United Nations Training School[citation needed]
25 RG-32M (RG Outrider) LTAV[3] Light tactical armoured vehicles Armed with the 12.7mm or 40mm H&K GMG in a Kongsberg Protector, delivered in early 2010.[4]
N/A Nissan Patrol Troop transport 4x4 FFR vehicles.[5]
N/A Ford Transit Troop transport
N/A MAN 14.240 FAEG 4x4 Troop transport
55 Iveco Astra 8x8 Troop carrying transport vehicles
60 Mercedes-Benz 1117 Troop carrying vehicle (TCV)[6]
N/A Scania R124 8x8[7] DROPS heavy lift vehicle
21 Iveco EuroCargo[8][6] DROPS heavy lift vehicle Complement includes 1 heavy recovery variant
36 Scania AB 6x6[9] General transport trucks
N/A Land Rover Defender Field ambulances
N/A Mowag Duro III Bomb disposal unit vehicles Armoured and unarmoured variants
7 Bandvagn 206 Air defence support role
16 ACMAT VLRA Troop transport vehicle and gun tractor Used as gun tractor in limited role for 105mm and 120mm mortar artillery
10+ Ford F350 SRV RECCE vehicle Used by special forces/ARW
N/A Aardvark MK4 Mine flail
2 DOK-ING MV-4 Remote mine flail Tracked remote control mini flail
N/A Bedford Vehicles TK Troop carrier/lorry Also used as an artillery tractor
N/A EOD Duro II Tactical military lorry
N/A Crossley 25/30 Tender (historical) Historical/display
N/A Kronenburg MAC11-7114 Airport crash tender
Mitsubishi Pajero 4x4 Internal security role Delivered March 2010.[citation needed]
Toyota FJ40 Staff cars Ceremonial use
Various Transport vehicles / staff cars The Cavalry Corps, Military Police and Communications Corps are equipped with various staff cars, motorcycles all terrain and road going motorbikes and ATVs


Number Make/Model Role Notes
3+ Aeronautics Orbiter UAV Miniature UAV Most recently used by EUFOR Tchad/RCA contingent[citation needed]

Defence Forces aircraft[edit]

Note: All Irish Aircraft are operated by the Irish Air Corps. Main article: List of aircraft of the Irish Air Corps
Aircraft[10] Origin Type Versions In service Notes
AgustaWestland AW139  Italy Utility Helicopter AW139 6 Can be armed with cabin mounted FN MAG machine gun.
CASA CN-235  Spain Maritime patrol CN-235M-100P 2 Upgraded by EADS-CASA in 2008
Cessna 172H  France Surveillance & Monitoring FR172H 5 Reims-built
Eurocopter EC-135  Germany Light Utility & Trainer Helicopter EC135P2 2 Also used to support the Army when not in pilot training
Gates Learjet 45  United States VIP Transport & Air Ambulance 45 1
Grumman G1159C Gulfstream IV  United States VIP Transport G1159C 1 Operation cost per hour (2012): €3,790.[11]
Pilatus PC-9M   Switzerland Trainer Aircraft & Close Air Support PC-9M 7 8 delivered, one crashed in 2009.[12] Sometimes equipped with HMG or rocket pods.[13][14]
In addition, the IAC operates on behalf of the national police force's Garda Air Support Unit:
Pilatus Britten Norman Defender 4000   Switzerland/ United Kingdom GASU reconnaissance and patrol BN2T-4S 1
Eurocopter EC 135T2  Germany GASU EC135T2 2


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Irish Army Vehicles – Mowag APC". (Official IDF site). Archived from the original on 26 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Irish Army Vehicles – Scorpion Armoured reconnaissance vehicle". (Official IDF site). Archived from the original on 11 July 2008. 
  3. ^ Lavery, Don (14 December 2008). ""South African firm wins Irish Army vehicle contract"". Irish Independent. 
  4. ^ "2010 Estimates for Defence and Army Pensions and Annual Output Statement" (Press release). Department of Defence. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Irish Army Vehicles – General Service Vehicle". (Official IDF site). Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Karl Martin (2002). Irish Army Vehicles: Transport and Armour Since 1922. ISBN 978-0954341305. 
  7. ^ " – News – Irish Defence Forces Scania 8x8". August 2005. Archived from the original on 21 April 2006. 
  8. ^ "Irish Army Iveco EuroCargo 4x4". Flickr. 
  9. ^ " – News – Irish Defence Forces €6 million order to SCANIA". September 2006. Archived from the original on 30 November 2007. 
  10. ^ "Air Corps Fleet summary". (Official Defence Forces website). 
  11. ^ "St Patrick's Day trips cost €100,000". Irish Times. 2012-04-02. 
  12. ^ "RTÉ News - Two pilots die in Air Corps crash". RTÉ News. 13 October 2009. 
  13. ^ "Fleet - Pilatus PC-9M Statistics". (Official Defence Forces website). 
  14. ^ - Description of live fire training exercise