Estonian Border Guard

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Eesti Piirivalve Lennusalk
English Title:
Estonian Border Guard Aviation Group
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The Border Guard was first formed in 1990, under the Ministry of Internal Affairs. It’s main tasks are national border patrol and SAR. A National Aviation Group (Riiklik Lennusalk) was added in February 1993 with the donation of two ex-Luftwaffe L-410s by Germany. Helicopters were acquired in 1994, but some were later passed to the Air Force. In April 1997, the Riiklik Lennusalk was renamed Piirivalve Lennusalk (Border Guard Aviation Group).

Key Dates

1990    Border Guard first formed
February 1993    Aviation Group established
1997    Aviation Group renamed to current title

Current Status

To be added.

Future Plans

No procurement plans known.


National Insignia

Current — Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Estonian Border Guard aircraft carry civil registrations in the ES-Pxx series.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters


Organisational Structure

All aircraft and helicopters are based at Tallinn International Airport.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

List of Historical Unit Assignments – to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air base is Tallinn IAP.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the main base, here are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Border Guard.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information


Estonian Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.


Air International December 1998


Official Estonian Border Guard webpage

Air-Britain Photos: Estonian Border Guard

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