Military of Slovakia
|Military of Slovakia
Ozbrojené Sily Slovenskej Republiky
Armed Forces of Slovak Republic coat-of-arms
|Service branches||Ground Forces of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Air Force|
|Commander-in-Chief||President of the Republic|
|Chief of staff||Chief of the General Staff: Lieutenant General Milan Maxim|
|Military age||17 years of age|
|Conscription||Abolished in 2006|
|1,413,079, age 15–49|
|1,162,282, age 15–49|
|Active personnel||14,095 soldiers and 8,515 civilians (2013)|
|Budget||744 million € (2014)|
|Percent of GDP||1.00% (2014)|
|Foreign suppliers|| Czech Republic
The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic number 14,095 uniformed personnel and 8,515 civilians. Slovakia joined NATO in March 29, 2004. From 2006 the army transformed into a fully professional organization and compulsory military service was abolished.
Structure of the Armed Forces
- Ground Forces - are made up of two active mechanized infantry brigades.
- Air and Air Defence Forces - comprising one wing of fighters, one wing of utility helicopters, and one SAM brigade.
- Training and Support Forces - comprising NSE - National Support Element (Multifunctional Battalion, Transport Battalion, Repair Battalion), Garrison of capital city Bratislava, as well as Training Battalion, and various logistics and communication and information bases.
- Miscellaneous forces under the direct command of the General Staff - the 5th Special Forces Regiment
Slovakia's plan for defense reform is the Force 2015 Long-Term Plan, which strikes a balance between requirements and resources and which envisions a professionalized, combat-capable force of 14,500 uniformed personnel by 2013.
Small arms & hand weapons:
- ČZ vz. 82 standard service pistol
- vz. 58 standard service assault rifle
- Heckler & Koch G36 used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment
- Heckler & Koch HK416 used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment In 2009 Regiment has been rearmed and HK416 and HK417 are standard assault rifles of the regiment.
- Heckler & Koch HK417 used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment
- FN MINIMI Para machine gun used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment
- Škorpion vz. 61
- M-16 rifle
- Heckler & Koch MP5 only used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment
- Barrett M82.50cal sniper rifle
- Heckler & Koch UMP used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment and Military Police
- Uk vz. 59 machine gun
- PKM machine gun
- Dragunov sniper rifle (SVD)
- Grand Power K100
- Accuracy International Arctic Warfare 12.7 AW.50 MK2. sniper rifle
- AT-4 Spigot
- Carl Gustav used by special forces
- AGS-17 Automatic grenade launcher
- RPG-75 Rocket-propelled grenade
- SIG-Sauer SSG 3000
Main Battle Tanks
- BVP-2 - 91 - Infantry Fighting Vehicle
- BVP-1 - 162 - Infantry Fighting Vehicle
- BPsV - 71 - Reconnaissance vehicle
- OT-90 - 66 - Armoured personnel carrier
- Aligator 4x4 - 42 - Armored light off road vehicle (many versions)
- Tatrapan 6x6 - 70 - Armoured off road vehicle (many versions)
- MaxxPro (received by U.S. Army)
- Iveco LMV - 10 - Armoured light off road vehicle used by 5th Special Forces Regiment
- BAE RG-32M - 7 - Armoured light off road vehicle
Light off-road vehicles
- Land Rover Defender 110 SW
- UAZ-469 - 200 (to be replaced)
- Nissan Navara, Nissan Pathfinder
- Mercedes-Benz G-Class
- Humvee - 5th Special Forces Regiment
Lightweight demining equipment
Military fitted ambulance
Air Defence Systems
Note -- All data is current as of 1.8.2014
Note -- All aircraft data is current as of 1.8.2014
5th Special Forces Regiment
It is Slovakia's premier Counter-Terrorism and special operations unit. The unit is directly attached to the Armed Forces General Staff, but works for the Operational Reconnaissance Bureau.
Slovakia has 158 military personnel deployed in Cyprus for UNFICYP United Nations led peace support operations. Slovakia committed to increase the number of its troops in Afghanistan to around 289 men by the end of 2013. Slovakia has 34 troops deployed in Bosnia and Herzegovina for EUFOR Althea. Slovak troops were withdrawn from Kosovo because the Slovak Armed Forces set its priority to focus mainly on an Afghanistan NATO led mission. Since the independence of Slovakia in 1993, there have been 59 uniformed personnel deaths in the line of service to the United Nations and NATO (as of 2013). 
- "NATO Defence Expenditure: 2009 - 2013" August 14, 2014
- "Slovak Military Budget 2014"
- "Slovak Military Budget 2013"
- "Biela kniha o obrane SR 2013"
- "(Nie) je armáda (obrana) už dávno v kríze?!" 24 April 2011
- "Armáda je v … ?!" 24 April 2011
- "Defence Statistics 2013" 1 August 2013
- "Vehicle and aircraft holdings within the scope of the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty 2014" 15 May 2014
- "United Nations Mission´s Summary detailed by Country 2014" 30 June 2014
- "Pôsobenie Slovenska v zahraničných misiách a operáciách"
- Official homepage of the Ministry of Defence
- Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic (Slovak)
- Picture gallery
- Slovak military photos
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