Today, 29 November, Interior Ministry Secretary-General Märt Kraft, Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company representative Ugo Rossini and Border Guard representative Riho Breivel will be signing a contract for the acquisition of a Border Guard helicopter. Procurement of the helicopter is one of the biggest projects to be realised using Schengen Facility programme funds.
Journalists please note :
You are cordially invited to the signing of the Border Guard helicopter procurement contract at 4.00 pm at the Ministry of the Interior, Pikk 61, Tallinn. At the signing ceremony the company will give the Ministry and the Border Guard scale models of the helicopter, which is due to arrive in Estonia at the end of 2006.
The Ministry of the Interior launched the state tender competition for the acquisition of a helicopter for the Border Guard on 28 June 2005. The Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company’s offer was accepted as its AB 139 helicopter was the one that best met the conditions set out in the tender.
The total cost of the helicopter is 147 million kroons before VAT.
The Border Guard helicopter will carry out patrols over the whole territory within the sphere of responsibility of Estonia. It will be based in Tallinn.
The border guard helicopter purchase will fulfil one goal of the Schengen Facility Programme – to ensure that the work of guarding the external borders and the border control infrastructure are in compliance with the Schengen zone requirements. Estonia is preparing to join the Schengen zone in 2007.