Finnish Border Guard

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Border Guard operates in a dual border guard/coast guard role. Responsibilities include maritime pollution detection, transport, Search and Rescue and surveillance.

Key Dates

19 March 1921    Border Guard first formed.

Current Status

Responsibilities include maritime pollution detection, transport, Search and Rescue and surveillance.

Future Plans

None known.


Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All Border Guard aircraft and helicopters carry civil aircraft registrations, in the series OH-HVx for helicopters and OH-MVx for fixed wing aircraft, e.g. AB412 OH-HVH.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

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

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

PL3041161, Tikkakoski, Jyväskylä.

Organisational Structure

The Border Guard Air Patrol Squadron is located at two air bases.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments – to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main bases are Turku and Rovaniemi.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

Combat Aircraft Aug-Sept 1997

Websites

Official Border Guard webpage

wikipedia: Finnish Border Guard

Airliners.net

Special Markings
Finnish Border Guard

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Finnish Border Guard since its formation:


 
Main MarkingFin Flash

1921-present
As civil aircraft, no national markiings are carried. The service insignia is the head of a bear in gold. Fixed wing aircraft carry the service title FRONTIER GUARD in English. Helicopters carry the service title in Finnish as RAJAVARTIOLAITOS on the port side and in Swedish as GRÄNSBEVAKNINGEN on the starboard side.

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Finnish Border Guard

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale SE 3130 Alouette II 1 1966 1976 France
Aerospatiale AS 332L-1 Super Puma 3 1987? current France
Agusta AB206 JetRanger 6 1968 current Italy
Agusta AB412 4 1985 current Italy
AgustaWestland AW119Ke Koala 3* 2010 Italy
De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver 3 1951 1985 Canada
Dornier Do 228-212 2 1995 current Germany
Junkers F.13fe 2 1931 1939 Germany
Junkers K.43f 3 1940 1950 Germany
Junkers W.34B 1 1940 1941 Germany
Koolhoven FK.49 1 1940 1943 Netherlands
Mil Mi-1 ‘Hare’ 1 1961 1968 USSR
Mil Mi-8 ‘Hip’ 3 1983 1989 USSR
Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain 2 1976 1993 USA
SAAB 91D Safir 3 1982 1985 Sweden
V.L. Saaski II 1 1930 1933 local
WSK SM-1S-600 2 1960 1967 Poland

Current Aircraft Inventory
Finnish Border Guard

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale AS 332L-1 Super Puma 3 3 0 Transport/SAR/Patrol
Agusta AB206A JetRanger 1 1 0 Transport/SAR/Patrol
Agusta AB206B JetRanger 3 3 0 Transport/SAR/Patrol
Agusta AB412EP 3 3 0 Transport/SAR/Patrol
AgustaWestland AW119Ke Koala 3* 0 Transport/SAR/Patrol
Dornier Do 228-212 2 2 0 Patrol/Pollution Detection

 

National Markings
Ukrainian Border Guard

of the Ukrainian Border Guard

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by Ukrainian State Border Guard Service since its formation:


             
                  Main Marking                        Fin Flash

1992 – present
Border Guard aircraft and helcopters are characterised by distinctive blue, yellow and green stripes along the fuselage. In addition, the service insignia is carried on the forward or centre fuselage. This service insignia consists of a blue cross on a magenta circle on a green shield. Helicopters also display a roundel in the national colours on the fuselage sides and stripes of the national colours on the fin. Fixed wing aircraft don’t carry roundels, but instead have the national trident insignia as a fin flash. No service titles are shown.

 
A copy of a close-up photo of the DPSU shield carried on aircraft would be appreciated.

Ukrainian State Border Guard Service

History

Narrative Summary

To be added.

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Key Dates

August 1991 Ukrainian Border Troops breaks away from Soviet Border Troops.
1993 New border posts established along border with Russia dnd Belorus.
31 July 2003 Border Troops redesignated as law enforcement agency named State Border Guard Service.

Current Status

The aircraft of the Service are fully operational.

Future Plans

According to the official website, the procurement of light helicopers, aircraft and surveillance drones are being considered as part of a plan for 2020.


Markings

National Insignia

National Markings of State Border Guard Service

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Serial numbers consist of a two-digit number in blue, over the range 01 to 30.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total
Del’d
Total
Now
Role Origin
Antonov An-24 ‘Coke’ 1 1 Transport USSR
Antonov An-26 ‘Curl’ 3 1 Transport USSR
Diamond DA42MPP 3 2 Patrol Austria
Mil Mi-8 ‘Hip’ 14 5 Utility USSR

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Antonov An-24 ‘Coke’ ? ? current USSR
Antonov An-26 ‘Curl’ 3 ? current USSR
Antonov An-72 ‘Coaler’ 3 ? 2012 USSR
Diamond DA42MPP 3 2010 current Austria
Mil Mi-8 ‘Hip’ 14 ? current USSR

Aircraft NOT Used

The colour drawing of an Enstrom 480 helicopter on the official DPSU website does not represent an actual in-service aircraft, but may be an indication of future planning.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

A Diamond DA42 was lost in a crash on 4 July 2012.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, 30 vulytsia Volodymyrska, Kiev.

Organisational Structure

The Service includes an air wing called Border Guard Aviation, which currently comprises two squadrons and two detachments.

Current Unit Assignments

Unit Type Base
? sae An-26, DA42, Mi-8 Kharkiv
? sae An-26, DA42, Mi-8 Odessa
? det. Mi-8 Uzhgorod
? det. Mi-8 Kyiv

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added

All-Time Flying Units List

The helicopter detachment at Simferopol had to be disbanded in March 2014 following the Russian occupation of Crimea.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main bases are Kharkiv and Odessa.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The former air base at Simferopol is now in Russian-occupied Crimea.


More Information

Books

European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Ian Carroll)

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

DPSU Official Website

Airliners.net

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

National Markings
Latvian Border Guard

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Latvian Border Guard since its formation:



 

Main MarkingFin Flash

1993-present
The national flag is carried as a fin flash. All helicopters carry the service coat of arms in a shield on the rear fuselage together with the service titles VALSTS ROBEZSARDZE in gold.

Latvian Border Guard

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

To be added.

To be added.

Key Dates

11 November 1991    First Border Guard units sworn in.
1 February 1992    Border Guard Brigade created.
23 November 1995    Border Guard Brigade becomes Border Guarding Forces within the National Armed Forces.
7 January 1997    BGF moved from Ministry of Defence to Ministry of the Interior.
14 February 1997    Border Guarding Forces renamed Border Guard of the Ministry of the Interior.
1 May 1998    Border Guard renamed State Border Guard.
2002    State Border Guard Aviation Service established.

Current Status

Latvian Border Guard helicopters are used primarily for border surveillance and law enforcement missions.

Future Plans

Funds were allocated in late 2012 for the purchase of two Agusta-Bell AB206B helicopters from the Finnish Border Guard.

Markings

National Insignia

Current — Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Latvian Border Guard helicopters carry civil registrations.

Aircraft

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 – none known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Riga.

Organisational Structure

All helicopters are based at Ludza.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

List of Historical Unit Assignments – to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All helicopters are operated from Ludza.

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

Books

Latvian Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

Official Latvian Border Guard webpage

JetPhotos.net

Airliners.net

Agusta-Bell AB206B JetRanger II

in Latvian Border Guard service

History

One Agusta-Bell AB206B JetRanger II obtained from the Finnish Border Guard in 2002?.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
YL-HMF 8286 OH-HRF 2002  


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

  • European Air Forces Directory 2007/2008 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.