Lithuanian National Guard (Post-WW2)

Operator Profile
 

Key Facts

Current Title:
Krasto Apsaugos Savanori Pajegos Aviacjos Rinktive
English Title:
National Defence Volunteer Forces
Abbreviation:
KASPAR
First Established:
1992
ICAO Code:
?
Country:
Lithuania
Status:
DIsbanded

History

Narrative Summary

A part-time volunteer defence force was re-established in 1991, along the lines of a similar organisation from the 1930s. A small aviation unit was formed in 1992. Initially it operated a mix of single-engined aircraft and gliders from two ex-Soviet DOSAAF airfields. The aviation unit mainly provided air experience flights and parachuting platforms, much like the former-Soviet DOSAAF organisation, but in 1998 the gliders were sold off to civilian owners.

After 1998 KASPAR worked more closely with the Air Force (KOP). It’s duties included policing, border patrol, and anti-smuggling operations. KASPAR came under the direct command of the Ministry of National Defence rather than the Air Force. In 2009 the aviation assets of KASPAR were transferred to the Air Force. KASPAR still retains an Aviation Unit, but this is now a pool of part-time personnel and not a separate flying unit.

Key Dates

Key Dates:
17 January 1991    Voluntary National Defence Service (SKAT) officially established
1992    Aviation Group established
1998    SKAT reorganised as the National Defence Volunteer Forces, KASP
2003    KASP ground units incorporated into the Army
2009    Aviation assets transferred to the Air Force

Current Status

All National Guard aircraft were transferred to the Air Force in 2009. The National Guard Aviation Unit continues as a pool of reserve personnel for supplementing the Air Force.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Lithuanian military aircraft carry two-digit numerical codes similar to Soviet-era ‘bort’ numbers, e.g. PZL-104 ’53’ (black). These numbers are not sequential or unique.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable – disbanded in 2009.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Vilnius.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft were based at Kyviskes.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air base was Kyviskes.

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 Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information

Books

Lithuanian Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.32
Air International June 1998
Air Forces Research No.9 & No.10

Websites

wikipedia: Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Forces

The Lithuanian Border Guard (sic)

Flickr.com

Air-Britain Photos: Lithuanian National Guard

Scramble: Lithuanian Armed Forces

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