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).

Current vehicles[edit]

Name Origin Type Number Image Notes
Armoured fighting vehicle
Mowag Piranha IIIH[1]   Switzerland Armoured Personnel Carrier 80[2] Irish Army Mowag Piranha.jpg * 45 APC's armed with 12.7mm machine gun & co-ax 7.62mm machine gun
* 8 Command Vehicles armed with 12.7mm machine gun & co-ax 7.62mm machine gun
* 2 Ambulances
* 1 Recovery Vehicle
* 18 Close Reconnaissance Vehicles armed with the 12.7mm machine gun or 40mm grenade machine gun in a Kongsberg Protector
* 6 Medium Reconnaissance Vehicles armed with Oto Melara 30mm autocannon
(9 APC's were converted to CRV's in 2014-2015)[citation needed]
RG-32M Light Tactical Armoured Vehicle (LTAV)[3][4]  South Africa Light Tactical Vehicle 27 Irish Army RG-32M Light Tactical Armoured Vehicle LTAV (4520429843).jpg Armed with pintle mounted 7.62mm machine gun or Kongsberg Protector RWS with the 12.7mm machine gun or 40mm grenade machine gun.
Scorpion CRV(T)[5]  United Kingdom Reconnaissance vehicle 6 (14) Irish Scorpion Tank.jpg Armed with 1x76mm gun, co-ax 7.62mm machine gun and 7.62mm anti-air machine gun. Only 6 actually serviceable.
General service vehicle
Mitsubishi Pajero  Japan Off-road vehicle Irish Army New Pajero (4184292173).jpg
Nissan Patrol[6]  Japan Off-road vehicle
Land Rover Defender  United Kingdom Off-road vehicle Lt Gen Dermot Earley DSM RIP Funeral (4743363678).jpg Field ambulances and funeral gun carriage tractor.
Ford Ranger  United States Off-road vehicle
Isuzu D-Max  Japan Off-road vehicle
Troop carrying vehicle
Scania R 420 6x6[7]  Sweden Troop carrying vehicle Irish Army - Equipment loading prior to departure to Chad (4109933072).jpg
Iveco EuroCargo 4x4[8][9]  Italy Troop carrying vehicle
Mercedes-Benz 1117 4x4[9]  Germany Troop carrying vehicle 60
Leyland DAF T244 4x4  United Kingdom Artillery gun tractor and Troop carrying vehicle 55 Irish army truck.jpg
Ford Transit Minibus  United States Minibus
Scania P124CB 8x8 DROPS[10]  Sweden DROPS truck Nordic Battle Group (5187692598).jpg
Iveco Astra M320.42 W BAD 8x8 DROPS  Italy DROPS truck Irish Army Iveco Astra M 320E D Trackway Variant (4703540529).jpg One fitted with a EKALIFT 2500 recovery body.
Mowag Duro III   Switzerland Explosive Ordnance Disposal vehicle Armoured and unarmoured variants
Bandvagn 206  Sweden Air defence support role 7 Irish Army Bandvagn 206 Photo Review 2009 (4192578951).jpg Fitted with GIRAFFE Mk IV radars
ACMAT VLRA  France Long range special reconnaissance 3 Irish Army Ranger Wing ACMAT VLRA 1.jpg Used by Army Ranger Wing
Ford F350 SRV  United States RECCE vehicle 12 Irish Army Ranger Wing Ford Special Recon Vehicle in Chad (4109830420).jpg Used by Army Ranger Wing
Aardvark MK4  United Kingdom Mine flail
DOK-ING MV-4  Croatia Remote mine flail 2 Tracked remote control mini flail
EOD Duro II   Switzerland Tactical military lorry
Unmanned aerial vehicle
Aeronautics Orbiter UAV  Israel Miniature UAV 3 (6) Nordic Battle Group ISTAR Training (5014812226).jpg Used by Artillery Corps. Two systems were acquired in 2006 each system has 3 Orbiter UAV's.[citation needed] Two were destroyed in crashes and one was lost and never recovered.[citation needed]

Former vehicles[edit]

Name Origin Type Number Image Notes
Sisu XA-180  Finland Armoured Personnel Carrier 2 Retired 2012

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 Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Maritime patrol
CASA CN-235 Spain maritime patrol MPA 100 2[11]
Learjet 45 United States VIP / air ambulance 1[12]
Britten-Norman Defender United Kingdom police air support Defender 4000 1[11] flown for the Garda Air Support Unit (GASU) [13]
Cessna Reims FR172 H France surveillance / utility 5[14] based on the Cessna 172[15]
AgustaWestland AW139 Italy utility 6[11]
Eurocopter EC135 France utility EC135 P2+/T2 4[11] two P2+s are flown for military purposes,[16] with two T2s for the GASU[17]
Pilatus PC-9 Switzerland advanced trainer / CAS PC-9M 7[11] armament option include heavy machine gun or rocket pods.[18][19]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Irish Army Vehicles – Mowag APC". (Official site). Archived from the original on 26 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Irish army vehicles suffering multiple faults". The Sunday Times. 20 July 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  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 – Scorpion Armoured reconnaissance vehicle". (Official DF site). Archived from the original on 11 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Irish Army Vehicles – General Service Vehicle". (Official DF site). Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. 
  7. ^ " – News – Irish Defence Forces €6 million order to SCANIA". September 2006. Archived from the original on 30 November 2007. 
  8. ^ "Irish Army Iveco EuroCargo 4x4". Flickr. 
  9. ^ a b Karl Martin (2002). Irish Army Vehicles: Transport and Armour Since 1922. ISBN 978-0954341305. 
  10. ^ " – News – Irish Defence Forces Scania 8x8". August 2005. Archived from the original on 21 April 2006. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "World Air Forces 2016 pg. 21". Flightglobal Insight. 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "Learjet 45". Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Pilatus Britten Norman Defender". Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Cessna 172H". Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Irish Air Corps - REIMS (CESSNA) FR.172H AND FR.172K ROCKET". Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "EC135 P2". Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "EC135 T2". Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Fleet - Pilatus PC-9M Statistics". (Official Defence Forces website). 
  19. ^ - Description of live fire training exercise