The Finnish Border Guard has ordered an AgustaWestland AW119Ke for border patrol, special operations and firefighting missions. It will join the agency’s first three AW119Kes, scheduled to enter service during the third quarter. All will operate from Helsinki and Rovaniemi. In Bulgaria, the Ministries of Finance and Interior have ordered two AW109 Powers to provide air surveillance capability on the outer European Union borders.
Finnish Border Guard
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.