Estonian Border Guard

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Estonian Border Guard
Eesti Piirivalve
Estonian Border Guard badge.svg
Active 1 November 1922–1940
Country  Estonia
Role Border guard
Part of Ministry of Interior
Commander Tõnu Hunt
Ants Kurvits
Flag Flags of Estonia - Border Guards.svg
Ship racing stripe Estonian Coast Guard racing strip.svg

The Estonian Border Guard (Estonian: Eesti Piirivalve) is the Estonian security authority responsible for the border security. It is a military organization, subordinate to the Ministry of the Interior. The Border Guard also assists with Search and Rescue missions. The Border Guard Flight Squadron (Piirivalvelennusalk) provides air support to the Estonian Border Guard. It is based at the Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport. Most Border Guard posts have helipads.

Agusta Westland AW-139


The fleet consist of some fixed and rotary wing aircraft. New Agusta Westland AW-139 helicopters were bought with European Union funds support.

Aircraft Origin Type In service Notes
Let L-410UVP  Czech Republic transport and patrol aircraft 1 Two planes donated by German Air Force (prior to that, former East German Air force). One retired in 2017. One to be sold.[1]
Beechcraft Super King Air 350ER  United States transport and patrol aircraft 1 Enters service in 2018.
Cessna 172R  United States training and patrol aircraft 1
AgustaWestland AW139  Italy rescue, patrol and transport helicopter 3 Entered service in 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Enstrom 480  United States training and patrol helicopter 1 To be sold.[1]

Main tasks of Aviation unit is:

  • SAR
  • Patrolling of Estonian border
  • Transport
  • Support for other institutions

Former aircraft

In 1995 Estonia received 4 surplus Mi-8, and 2 L-410 from Germany. These aircraft were provided to the Border Guard. Several of the helicopters were modified and adapted for search and rescue operations and painted in appropriate SAR colours instead of original military camouflage.

Border Guard Mi-8
Aircraft Origin Type Number In service Notes
Mi-8 SAR  Soviet Union rescue, patrol and transport helicopter 4 1995–2009 Former German Air Force (prior to that, former East German Air force)

One Mi-8 is in Estonian Aviation Museum.

Let L-410UVP  Czech Republic transport and patrol aircraft 1 1993– Donated by German Air Force (prior to that, former East German Air force). One of the planes is exhibited in Estonian Aviation Museum.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Piirivalve müüb nukra saatusega kopteri maha". Retrieved 2017-11-21. 
  2. ^ "Nii saabub Eesti Lennundusmuuseumisse piirivalve käsutuses olnud lennuk L-410". Delfi. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 

External links

  • Estonian Border Guard
  • Former Estonian Border Guard Mi-8 travelling to Tartu Aviation Museum
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