Bell 206B JetRanger III

in Latvian Border Guard service

History

One Bell 206B JetRanger III supplied under contract by Baltijas Helikopters for personnel training.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
YL-??? ? ? 2002  


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

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

Other Sources

Border guard training in Latvia

MDH MD 500E

in Latvian Border Guard service

History

One MD-500E (MD-369E) supplied under contract by Baltijas Helikopters for personnel training.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
YL-HMC 0473E D-HHMC 2005 reg’d Jul 2001, to G-MRRR Feb 2006


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

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

Other Sources

To be added.

AgustaWestland AW109E Power

in Latvian Border Guard service

History

Two AW109E Power ordered new from the manufacturer on 2 June 2006 and delivered in September 2007.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
YL-HMK 11700 I-EASQ Sept 2007  
YL-HML 11704 I-EASR Sept 2007  


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

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

Other Sources

To be added.

National Markings
Lithuanian Border Guard

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


1994-2001
The Ka-26 helicopters operated in a simple black and white colour scheme with the service titles POLICIJA on fuselage sides and on the rear of the fuselage pod. It is not clear if the national insignia was displayed on the tail fins.




Main MarkingFin Flash

2001-present
The main marking is a yellow/green/yellow diagonal stripe on the forward fuselage. The fin flash is displayed on the fin. No service titles are carried.

Lithuanian Border Guard

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

A Frontier Guard Service was legally created on 8 November 1990, under the Ministry of Defence, and began operations on 19 November. Soviet security forces resisted the presence of the new force with an escalating campaign of harassment and victimisation. During the summer of 1991 several Lithuanian border guards were actually murdered by Soviet security personnel.

The Frontier Guard Service was renamed as the State Border Guard Service, with effect from 6 August 1992. A small Aviation Unit with three former civilian Ka-26 helicopters was established not long afterwards. On 18 July 1994 the State Border Guard Service officially became the Border Police Department of the Ministry of the Interior. In February 2001 the Government decided to reorganise the border police into the State Border Guard Service at the Ministry of the Interior. The Aviation Unit received it’s only fixed wing aircraft in the same year. In 2002 a major upgrade of the Service’s aviation assets was launched, with five helicopters being ordered from Eurocopter over the next five years. The last was delivered in November 2006.

Key Dates

8 November 1990    Frontier Guard Service created.
6 August 1992    FGS renamed State Border Guard Service.
18 July 1994    SBGS moved from Ministry of Defence to Ministry of the Interior and renamed Border Police Department.
1 May 2001    Border Police reorganised and renamed State Border Guard Service.

Current Status

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

Future Plans

No procurement plans known.

Markings

National Insignia

Current — Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Lithuanian Police helicopters and aircraft now carry civil registrations. The Kamovs initially carried a single digit number, prefixed by the letter H-, but this was later replaced by a two-digit number starting with a zero.

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

Vilnius.

Organisational Structure

All helicopters and aircraft are based at Paluknys.

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 and aircraft are operated from Paluknys, near Vilnius.

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

Lithuanian Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

Official Lithuanian Border Guard webpage

wikipedia: State Border Guard Service

PlanePictures.net

Airliners.net