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Current Title: Servicio de Vigilancia Aduanera
Title in English: Customs Surveillance
Abbreviation: SVA


Narrative Summary:
The first aircraft were received in 1981. Main bases are Madrid and Villanubla (Valladolid).

Key Dates:
1785    Spanish Finance Service established.
1981    First aircraft received - CASA C.212.
1985    First helicopter received - Bo 105.

Current Status:
The Spanish customs service, Servicio de Vigilancia Aduanera, is part of the Customs Department (Dirección Adjunta de Vigilancia Aduanera), which is part of the State Tax Office (Agencia Estatal de la Administración Tributaria), itself part of the Ministry of Finance (Ministerio de Hacienda).

The helicopters are maintained by Helicsa, while the fixed-wing aircraft are operated by Spanish Air Force wing Ala 37.

Future Plans:
None known.


National Insignia:
Main Marking Fin Flash
The main marking is the Customs flag displayed in 2 positions (each side of the fuselage) on aircraft - but on fuselage sides on helicopters. The fin flash is displayed on the tailfin. Aircraft and helicopters carry ADUANAS service titles. Some helicopters carry addtional AGENCIA TRIBUTARIA titles.

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
Spanish Customs helicopters carry civil registrations, while the CASA C-212s carry Air Force serials.

Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
Coding system not used


Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory:

Aircraft Type Total
Role Origin
Aerospatiale AS.365N3 Dauphin 2 2 Sea surveillance France
CASA C.212-200 6 6 Sea surveillance local
MBB Bo 105CB 3 3 Sea surveillance Germany
MBB BK.117B 1 1 Sea surveillance Germany

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Aerospatiale AS.365N3 Dauphin 2 2002 current France
CASA C.212-200 6 1981 current** local
MBB Bo 105CB 3 1985 current Germany
MBB BK.117B2 1 1989 current Germany
** Operated by the Air Force since 1996.

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service - none known.


Main Headquarters:
Madrid and Villanubla, Valladolid.

Current Organisational Structure:
Aircraft and helicopters are based are five locations around the Spanish coast.

Current Order of Battle:

Squadron Type Base
Base Estrechol Bo.105B Algeciras
Base Mediterraneo Bo.105B Alicante
Base Ala 37 C.212-200 Villanubla (Valladolid)
Base Málaga BK.117/C.212-200 Malaga
Base Atlántico AS.365 Dauphin/C.212-200 Vigo

Historical Orders of Battle:
Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List:
Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
See current organisation.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
Not applicable.

More Information


To be added


None known.


España Vigilancia Aduanera

Historia del S.V.A


Thanks to Javier Somavilla for updating this page.

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