- September 15, 2006, 7:44 AM
The Latvian Border Guard has ordered two Agusta A109 Powers to increase its border-patrol capabilities before joining the European Union’s Schengen (open border) program. The new machines supplement a single Agusta Bell 206B that has been in service since the Baltic State’s Guard air unit was formed in 2002. Ten new pilots, who will start training in Italy next winter, will double the unit’s strength. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected at year-end.