Slovenian Ground Force

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Slovenian Army and Navy division
Slovenska vojska
Sign of Slovenian Army.svg
Emblem of the Slovenian Army
Active 1991–1993 Slovene Territorial Defense Forces
Country Slovenia
Allegiance NATO
Branch Ground Army
Role Defending Slovenian territory
Equipment 84 m.b.t.'s, 195 i.f.v.'s & a.p.c.'s, 54 artillery pieces
Engagements Note: For engagements of the navy detachment see: Slovenian Navy

The Slovenian Ground Force is the primary component of Slovenian Armed forces.

History[edit]

The current Slovenian Armed Forces are descended from the Territorial Defense of the Republic of Slovenia (Teritorialna Obramba Republike Slovenije; TORS), which was formed in 1968 as a paramilitary complement to the regular army of the former Yugoslav within the territory of Slovenia. The main objectives of TORS were to support the Yugoslav National Army (JNA) and conduct guerrilla operations in the event of an invasion.

When Slovenia declared independence at the onset of the Yugoslav Wars in 1991, the TORS and the Slovenian police comprised the majority of forces engaging the Yugoslav People's Army during the Ten-Day War. The Slovenian Armed Forces were formally established in 1993 as a reorganization of the TORS.

Weapons and equipment[edit]

Infantry[edit]

A Slovene soldier with a FN F2000S assault rifle

Small Arms[edit]

Model Image Origin Type Caliber Details
Handguns
Beretta 92FS Beretta 92 FS.gif  Italy Handgun 9x19mm Standard handgun of the Slovenian Army.
Carbine
M59 PAP Yugo SKS.jpg  Yugoslavia Carbine 7.62×39mm Used by Slovenian Ceremonial Honor Guard.
Assault Rifle
FN F2000 FN F2000S.JPG  Belgium Assault Rifle 5.56×45mm NATO Standard Issue Rifle for the Slovenian Armed Forces.
Machine Guns
FN Minimi Para Minimi-img 1012.jpg  Belgium Light Machine Gun 5.56×45mm NATO Standard Issue Light Machine Gun.
FN MAG MAG-latrun-exhibition-1.jpg  Belgium Medium Machine Gun 7.62×51mm NATO Standard Issue Medium Machine Gun.
Sniper Rifle
PGM Ultima Ratio PGM Hecate.jpg  France Sniper Rifle 12.7×99mm NATO Heavy sniper rifle.
PGM Mini Hecate Mini Hecate 338.jpg  France Sniper Rifle .338 Lapua Magnum Medium sniper rifle.
PGM Ultima Ratio  France Sniper Rifle 7.62×51mm NATO Sniper rifle.
Grenade Launchers
GL1  Belgium Grenade Launcher 40 mm caseless grenade
Anti-tank warfare
Spike MR & LR SPIKE ATGM.jpg  Israel Anti-tank guided missile 170mm
MATADOR MATADOR Stand.jpg  Singapore/ Israel/ Germany Rocket-propelled grenade 90mm
Man-portable air-defense systems
Igla-2 IGLA-S MANPADS at IDELF-2008.jpg  Soviet Union MANPADS 72mm

Artillery[edit]

Model Type Origin Quantity
TN90 155 mm towed Howitzer  Israel 18
MN 9 120 mm mortar  Israel 36

Tanks, IFVs and APCs[edit]

LKOV Valuk 6x6 apc (left) and M-84 tank (right)
Man 8 x 10 ton Truck
Model Origin Quantity
M-84  Yugoslavia 54 (19 in active service)
M-55S  Slovenia / Heavily upgraded T-55  Soviet Union 30 (in reserve)
Model Origin Quantity
M-80A  Yugoslavia 52 (in reserve)
Model Origin Quantity
BOV M  Yugoslavia 28
Valuk  Slovenia 85
Patria AMV (Svarun)  Finland 30

Other vehicles[edit]

Slovenian HMMWV.
Model Origin Quantity Role
Otokar Cobra LAV  Turkey 10 Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle
HMMWV  United States 42 Reconnaissance and Patrol Vehicle
JVBT-55  Soviet Union 7 Armored Recovery Vehicle
VT-55  Soviet Union 2 Armored Recovery Vehicle
MT-55  Soviet Union 4 Bridge-layer

Former equipment[edit]

Slovenian 9M111 Fagot anti-tank guided missile

References[edit]