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.
|EC135 T2 Statistics|
|Aircraft Type||Eurocopter EC 135 T2|
|Role(s)||Garda Air Support|
|Crew||1 Pilot and 2 GardaÁ|
|Powerplant||2 x Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 turboshafts|
|Rotor Diameter||10.2 metres (33 feet, 6 inches)|
|Height||3.51 metres (10 feet, 9 inches)|
|Length||12.16 metres (39 feet, 11 inches)|
|EC135 T2 Performance|
|Max T/O Weight||2,835 Kilograms (6,245 pounds)|
|Service Ceiling||20,000 feet|
|Cruise Speed||120 knots|
|Maximum Speed||150 knots|