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Border Guard Aviation

Current Title: Rajavartiolaitos/Gränsbevakningen
Title in English: Finnish Border Guard Aviation
Abbreviation: RVL


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:
No procurement plans known.


National Insignia:
None 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.

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
All Border Guard aircraft and helicopters carry civil aircraft registrations.

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.332L-1 Super Puma 3 3 Transport/SAR/Patrol France
Agusta AB.412EP 3 3 Transport/SAR/Patrol Italy
Agusta AB.206B JetRanger 3 3 Transport/SAR/Patrol Italy
Agusta AB.206A JetRanger 1 1 Transport/SAR/Patrol Italy
AgustaWestland AW119Ke Koala 3* - Transport/SAR/Patrol Italy
Dornier Do 228-212 2 2 Patrol/Pollution Detection Germany
* on order.

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Aerospatiale AS.332L-1 Super Puma 3 1987? current France
Agusta AB.206 JetRanger 6 1968 current Italy
Agusta AB.412 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
Sud Aviation SE3130 Alouette II 1 1966 1976 France
V.L. Saaski II 1 1930 1933 local
WSK SM-1S-600 2 1960 1967 Poland
* on order.

Aircraft NOT Used:
No false reports known.


Main Headquarters:
Not known.

Current Organisational Structure:
The Border Guard Air Patrol Squadron is located at two air bases.

Current Order of Battle:

Unit Type Base
Air Patrol Squadron
- Do 228, AS332 Turku
- AB412 Rovaniemi

Historical Orders of Battle:
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


None known.


Combat Aircraft Aug-Sept 1997


Official Border Guard webpage

wikipedia: Finnish Border Guard

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