The Minister will visit the Pilatus facility in Stans, where three PC-12 fixed wing utility aircraft are being built for the Irish Air Corps. The contract for the supply of the aircraft was awarded to Pilatus in December 2017 following an open tender competition. The new aircraft, which will replace the five Cessna FR172H aircraft purchased for the Air Corps in 1972, is being equipped for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) taskings, logistics support including transport of Defence Forces troops and equipment, and medical evacuation/air ambulance taskings. The cost of the contract, including equipment fit-out, is approximately €32 million excluding VAT. The first two aircraft will be delivered in 2019, and the third will be delivered in 2020.