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

Cessna 172RG Cutlass

in Lithuanian Border Guard service

History

One Cessna 172RG delivered in 2001.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LY-AVR ? ? 2001  


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Kamov Ka-26

in Lithuanian Border Guard service

History

Three Ka-26 obtained second-hand from civilian sources in Lithuania in 1992. Retired in 2003.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
H-1 7605804 LY-HAJ 1992 later coded 01. wfu 2003
H-2 7303706 LY-HAH 1992 later coded 02. wfu 2003, preserved Lith Avtn Museum
H-3 7202603 LY-HAG 1992 later coded 03, then LY-HBQ. preserved Lith Avtn Museum


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

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

Other Sources

Rotorspot

Eurocopter EC 145

in Lithuanian Border Guard service

History

One EC 145 ordered new from the manufacturer in January 2006 and delivered in November 2006.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LY-HCF 9104 D-HMBQ 2006  


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

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

Other Sources

Eurocopter Press Release

Eurocopter EC 135T2+

in Lithuanian Border Guard service

History

Two EC 135T2+ ordered new from the manufacturer in January 2006 and delivered in November 2006.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LY-HCD 0513 D-HECJ 2006  
LY-HCE 0518 D-HECN 2006  
ED-FNC 10579 9371 1995 Mi-8TB. noted Muraste Aug 2006


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

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

Other Sources

Eurocopter Press Centre

Eurocopter EC 120B

in Lithuanian Border Guard service

History

Two EC 120B ordered new from the manufacturer, and delivered in February 2002.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
LY-HCB 1345   Feb 2002  
LY-HCC 1367   Feb 2002  


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

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

Other Sources

Helis.com

Aircraft Not Used

by the Lithuanian Border Guard

This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Lithuanian Border Guard but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

No false reports known.