Ground Forces of the Slovak Republic

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Slovak Land Forces
Pozemné sily Slovenskej republiky
Founded 1993 - present
Country Slovakia
Branch Infantry, Artillery, Paratroopers
Part of Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic
Command HQ Veliteľstvo Pozemných síl OS SR - Trenčín
Commanders
Land forces commander of the Slovak republic armed forces Major General Jindrich Joch
Insignia
Roundel Slovak Army Roundel.svg

The following is a summary of the Ground Forces of the Slovak Republic, which are part of the Slovak Armed Forces.

Structure[edit]

Slovak Ground Forces locations 2018:
Green pog.svg Brigade HQs DeepPink pog.svg Armored units Pink pog.svg Mechanized units Lightgreen pog.svg Motorized units Yellow pog.svg Artillery Orange pog.svg ISTAR
Black pog.svg Engineer unit Brown pog.svg NBC-Defense Purple pog.svg Combat Support Brigade units Blue 0080ff pog.svg Air bases

Ground Forces Headquarter[edit]

  • Ground Forces Headquarter, in Trenčín (Commander: 2 Star General)[2]
    • Command Support Battalion
      • Headquarters Company
      • Transport Company
      • Medical Point

1st Mechanized Brigade[edit]

Slovak soldiers from 12th Mechanized Battalion
  • 1st Mechanized Brigade, in Topoľčany (Commander: 1 Star General)
    • Command Support Company, in Topoľčany
    • 11th Mechanized Battalion, in Martin equipped with BVP-2
      • Headquarters Company
      • 3x Mechanized Companies (each with 3x Mechanized Platoons and 1x Fire Support Platoon)
      • Fire Support Company (Anti-Tank Platoon- KONKURS mounted on OT-90, Recon Platoon & 98mm Mortar Platoon)
    • 12th Mechanized Battalion, in Nitra equipped with BVP-2
      • Headquarters Company
      • 3x Mechanized Companies (each with 3x Mechanized Platoons and 1x Fire Support Platoon)
      • Fire Support Company (Anti-Tank Platoon- KONKURS mounted on OT-90, Recon Platoon & 98mm Mortar Platoon)
    • 13th Mechanized Battalion, in Levice equipped with BVP-2
      • Headquarters Company
      • 3x Mechanized Companies (each with 3x Mechanized Platoons and 1x Fire Support Platoon)
      • Fire Support Company (Anti-Tank Platoon- KONKURS mounted on OT-90, Recon Platoon & 98mm Mortar Platoon)
    • Rocket Battalion, in Rožňava
    • Engineer Battalion, in Sereď
      • Headquarters Company
      • 2x Pontoon Bridge Companies
      • 2x Technical Engineer Companies
      • 2x Combat Engineer Companies
      • Mine Warfare Company
    • NBC Defence Battalion, in Rožňava
      • Headquarters Company
      • NBC Recon Company
      • 2x Decontamination Companies
      • 2x NBC Defence Companies
      • Medical Company

2nd Mechanized Brigade[edit]

  • 2nd Mechanized Brigade, in Prešov (Commander: 1 Star General)
    • Command Support Company, in Prešov
    • 21st Armored Battalion, in Trebišov equipped with BVP-1 and T-72M1
      • Headquarters Company
      • 1 x Tank Company
      • 2 x Mechanized Companies (each with 3x Mechanized Platoons and 1x Fire Support Platoon)
      • Fire Support Company (Anti-Tank Platoon- KONKURS mounted on OT-90, Recon Platoon & 82mm Mortar Platoon)
    • 22nd Mechanized Battalion, in Michalovce equipped with BVP-1
      • Headquarters Company
      • 3x Mechanized Companies (each with 3x Mechanized Platoons and 1x Fire Support Platoon)
      • Fire Support Company (Anti-Tank Platoon- KONKURS mounted on OT-90, Recon Platoon & 98mm Mortar Platoon)
    • 23rd Motorized Battalion, in Trebišov
      • Headquarters Company
      • 3x Infantry Companies (each with 3x Infantry Platoons and 1x Fire Support Platoon)
      • Fire Support Company (Anti-Tank Platoon, Recon Platoon & 98mm Mortar Platoon)
    • Self-propelled Artillery Battalion, in Michalovce
      • Headquarters Battery
      • 3x 155mm Self Propelled Howitzer "Zuzana" Batteries
    • ISTAR Battalion, in Prešov equipped with BPsV-I

Combat Support Brigade[edit]

  • Combat Support Brigade, in Hlohovec (Commander: 1 Star General)
    • Command Support Company, in Hlohovec
    • Logistic Battalion, in Hlohovec
    • Logistic Battalion, in Topoľčany
    • Maintenance Battalion, in Martin
    • Combat Service Support Battalion, in Hlohovec

Equipment[edit]

Model Image Origin Type Caliber Details
Handguns
CZ P-09 CZ P-07 gun.jpg  Czech Republic Handgun 9×19mm Parabellum Replacing the ČZ vz. 82.
ČZ vz. 82 CZ 82 IMG 1785.JPG  Czechoslovakia Handgun 9×18mm Standard service pistol.
Submachine gun
Heckler & Koch UMP HKUMP45.JPG  Germany Submachine gun 9×19mm Parabellum Used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment and Military Police.
Heckler & Koch MP5 MP5.jpg  Germany Submachine gun 9×19mm Parabellum Only used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment.
Škorpion vz. 61 Submachine gun vz61.jpg  Czechoslovakia Submachine gun .32 ACP Used to be the standard submachine gun of Czechoslovak forces now in reserve and being retired in favor of German models.
Carbine
vz. 58 V Sa 58-JH04.jpg  Czechoslovakia Carbine 7.62×39mm Used by mechanized infantry and airborne units
Heckler & Koch HK416 HK416.jpg  Germany Carbine 5.56×45mm NATO Limited use with 5th Special Forces Regiment.
Colt M4A1 PEO M4 Carbine RAS M68 CCO.jpg  United States Carbine 5.56x45mm NATO Slovakia announced to purchase via FMS program in 2017.[1][2]
Assault Rifle
vz. 58 P Sa 58-JH01.jpg  Czechoslovakia Assault Rifle 7.62×39mm Standard service assault rifle of Slovak Army.
CZ 805 Bren CZ 805 with STANAG magazine.JPG  Czech Republic Assault rifle 5.56×45mm NATO Limited use, replacing vz. 58.[3]
Heckler & Koch G36 G36 2.JPEG  Germany Assault Rifle 5.56×45mm NATO Used only by special forces.
Machine Guns
FN MINIMI Para FN MINIMI PARA 3.jpg  Belgium Light Machine Gun 5.56×45mm NATO Used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment.
Uk vz. 59 Kulomet UK-L vzor 59.jpg  Czechoslovakia General Purpose Machine Gun 7.62×54mmR Standard machine gun of Slovak Army.
M2 Browning M2 Browning, Musée de l'Armée.jpg  United States Heavy Machine Gun 12.7×99mm NATO Standard heavy machine gun of Slovak Army.
Sniper Rifles
Dragunov sniper rifle SVD Dragunov.jpg  Soviet Union Designated marksman rifle 7.62×54mmR Standard designated marksman rifle of the Slovak Army.
Heckler & Koch HK417 Heckler & Koch HK417 Sniper Rifle of PASKAL.JPG  Germany Designated marksman rifle 7.62×51mm NATO Used only by special forces.
SIG Sauer SSG 3000 SIG Sauer SSG 3000.jpg   Switzerland Sniper Rifle 7.62×51mm NATO Used by special forces, but also to become the standard sniper rifle of the Slovak Army.
AW.50 MK2 AW50.png  United Kingdom Sniper Rifle 12.7×99mm NATO
Barrett M82 M82A1 barrett.jpeg  United States Sniper Rifle 12.7×99mm NATO
Grenades and Grenade Launchers
AGS-17 30-мм автоматический гранатомет АГС-17 Пламя.jpg  Soviet Union Automatic grenade launcher 30×29mm grenade Standard grenade launcher of the Slovak Army. In the future will be replaced in favor of as yet undetermined NATO standard grenade launcher which uses 40×53mm grenade.
Anti-tank warfare
MATADOR MATADOR Stand.jpg  Israel Anti-tank weapon 90mm Will become the standard AT weapon and replace both the Carl Gustav and RPG-75.
Carl Gustav M4 Carl Gustav M4 Kokonaisturvallisuus 2015.jpg  Sweden Anti-tank weapon 84mm Today used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment.[4]
RPG-75 RPG-75.JPG  Czechoslovakia Rocket-propelled grenade 68mm Standard anti-tank weapon of the Slovak Army.
9M113 Konkurs Фагот ПТРК 9К111.jpg  Soviet Union Anti-tank Missile 135mm
AT-4 Spigot 9M111 AT-4 Spigot.jpg  Soviet Union Anti-tank Missile 120mm
Mortars
Mortar vz.97  Slovakia Mortar 98mm
Man-portable air-defense systems
SA-18 Grouse IGLA-S MANPADS at IDELF-2008.jpg  Russia MANPAD 72mm The only type of manpad active with the Slovak Army.

Vehicles[edit]

Model Image Origin Type Quantity Details
Tanks
T-72M1 Slovakia army 866.jpg  Czechoslovakia 30 Standard main battle tank of the Slovak army.[5]
Infantry Fighting Vehicles and Armoured Personnel Carriers
BVP-2 BVP-2 AČR.jpg  Czechoslovakia IFV 91 Standard IFV of the Slovak army.[6]
BVP-1 Slovakia army 888.jpg  Czechoslovakia IFV 69 236 in storage. Will be replaced by IFV BOV 8x8 or modernised to BVP-M level.
OT-90 BAHNA 2018 - 164.jpg  Czechoslovakia APC 60 Main armoured personnel carrier of Slovak army.
BVP-M Obrnene Vozidlo.jpg  Slovakia IFV 17[7] Slovak modernised BVP-1 by 2018 with remote controlled turret TURRA 30 and new communication systems, more BVP-1 to be upgraded to BVP-M level.
BOV 8x8 Pansarterrängbil 360 Revinge 2015-2.jpg  Finland  Slovakia IFV 0 (81 on order[8]) Slovak wheeled IFV based on Patria AMVXP will be delivered between 2018 and 2024.[9]
OT-64 BAHNA 2018 - 117.jpg  Czechoslovakia APC Retired from service
Armoured Vehicles
Tatrapan Tatrapan.jpg  Slovakia 70+ Tatrapan Zasa - Personnel carrier

Tatrapan AMB - Ambulance version

Tatrapan VSRV - Command post vehicle

Aligator 4x4 Ex. STEADFAST JAZZ (10672762873).jpg  Slovakia 42
Iveco LMV Iveco LMV Lynx photo003.jpg  Italy 10 Used by 5th Special Forces Regiment[10].
International MaxxPro Navistar MaxxPro.JPG  United States ? Provided by USA during deployment to Afghanistan, after the completion of the mission US let the Slovak army keep the vehicles.[11] Currently mostly used by 5th Special Forces Regiment.
HMMWV M1165 HMMWV (14196131396).jpg  United States ? Purchased from USA during deployment in Afghanistan[12]. Mostly used by 5th Special Forces Regiment.
BRDM-2 BRDM 2 TBiU 24 2.jpg  Soviet Union ? Will be retired from service.
Reconnaissance vehicles
RG-32M Terrängbil 16 Revinge 2015.jpg  South Africa 7 Modified version used as part of Slovak army communication system MOKYS[13].
BPsV BMP-1 AP 1.jpg  Czechoslovakia 35 Most in storage.
BPsV-I Obrnene Vozidlo.jpg  Slovakia 18 upgraded BPsV, in use of the Slovak Army by 2018
Artillery
ShKH Zuzana 155mm Skh Zuzana.jpg  Slovakia Self Propelled Howitzer 16 Will be replaced by new 25s ShKH Zuzana 2 until 2022[14]
RM-70/85 Modular RM MODULAR.jpg  Slovakia Multiple Rocket Launcher 25[15]
D-30 FestiveFireworks2018-02.jpg  Soviet Union Howitzer 9 Used only as ceremonial howitzer. More were sold to Afghanistan.
Engineering Vehicles
AMB-S OT-90 AMB-S.jpg  Czechoslovakia
 Slovakia
Armoured military ambulance ? Based on a BVP-1 chassis
VPV BREM-2 in Kubinka.jpg  Czechoslovakia Armoured recovery vehicle ?
VT-72 BREM-1 - ETIF-2010 (1).jpg  Czechoslovakia Armoured recovery vehicle ?
VT-55A IMG 2219 - Flickr - Al Jazeera English.jpg  Soviet Union
 Czechoslovakia
Armoured recovery vehicle ?
AV-15 Tatra 815 AV 15 pic2.JPG  Czechoslovakia Armoured recovery vehicle ?
UOS 155 Belarty UOS 155 Belarty 2.jpg  Slovakia Demining, Combat engineering vehicle ? Based on a T-55 chassis
Božena 3 Božena 4 Božena 5 Tral bozena.jpg  Slovakia Demining Mechanical Clearance ? Remote-controlled self-propelled mine roller
MT-55A Park of Military History Pivka - MT-55 bridgelayer.jpg  Czechoslovakia
 Slovakia
Armoured vehicle-launched bridge 19
PM-55 Pm-55 326.jpg  Czechoslovakia Armoured vehicle-launched bridge ?
AM-50 Mostní automobil AM-50 pic1.JPG  Czechoslovakia Armoured vehicle-launched bridge ?
PMS-815 IFOR Hungarian Army truck.JPEG  Czechoslovakia Pontoon Bridger ?
PTS-10 PTS Hun 3.jpg  Soviet Union Tracked Amphibious Vehicle ?
Utility Vehicles
Land Rover Defender 110 SW Land Rover Defender 110 (maybe former UN vehicle).JPG  United Kingdom Utility Vehicle 170+
UAZ-469 UAZ-469 (4713547953).jpg  Soviet Union Utility Vehicle 300 Mostly in storage. Will be replaced by Land Rover Defender 110 SW.
Nissan Navara Nissan Navara SE 2012 (11360367504).jpg  Japan Utility Vehicle ?
Nissan Pathfinder Nissan-Pathfinder.jpg  Japan Utility Vehicle 105
Mercedes-Benz G-Class Mercedes Benz G mil in Slovak Service.jpg  Germany Utility Vehicle ?
Mercedes-Benz G-300 Sotilasambulanssi Kotka 2013 1.JPG  Germany Military Ambulance 3+[16]
Volkswagen Transporter (T4) Military ambulance Volkswagen Transporter T4.JPG  Germany Military Ambulance ?
Military Trucks
AKTIS TG MIL TGM (Austria).jpg  Slovakia Utility Truck 180+ Based from MAN TGM. More ordered
Tatra T-815 Tatra T815 Army.jpg  Czechoslovakia Utility Truck 800+ 6x6, 8x8, 10x10 versions, platform for fuel tanker, multifit, crane, recovery vehicle, bridge vehicle, etc.
Tatra T-815-7 Tatra-T815 780R59 PICT0029.jpg  Czech Republic Utility Truck 100+ More ordered
Praga V3S Praga V3S pic1.JPG  Czechoslovakia Utility Truck 300+ Will be replaced by AKTIS and Tatra T-815-7
MAN HX 45M 28 Camo.jpg  Germany Container Carrier 10+

Demining equipment

Note -- All data is current as of 1.1.2017

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1158321/
  2. ^ http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/04/27/colt-capitalizes-foreign-military-sales-program/
  3. ^ [1] - sme.sk, 27 November 2014
  4. ^ http://www.janes.com/article/54426/dsei-2015-slovakia-becomes-carl-gustaf-m4-launch-customer
  5. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/592231/Vehicle___Aircraft_Holdings_within_the_scope_of_the_Conventional_Armed_Forces_in_Europe_Treaty_2017.pdf
  6. ^ https://spravy.pravda.sk/domace/clanok/429771-vlada-schvalila-1-2-miliardy-eur-na-nakup-obrnenych-vozidiel/
  7. ^ http://www.armadninoviny.cz/slovenska-armada-prevzala-modernizovana-bojova-vozidla-pechoty.html
  8. ^ https://www.aktuality.sk/clanok/545234/rezort-obrany-ukazal-nove-obrnene-vozidlo/
  9. ^ http://www.combatandsurvival.com/defence-equipment-news/11126-new-slovak-finnish-8x8-armoured-modular-vehicle
  10. ^ https://www.mod.gov.sk/nove-obrnene-vozidla-su-uz-v-rukach-zilinskych-vysadkarov/
  11. ^ Army of Slovakia takes delivery of first MRAP Navistar MaxxPro donated by the United States - Armyrecognition.com, 6 December 2013
  12. ^ https://www.mod.gov.sk/vojaci-v-iraku-dostanu-americke-humvee/
  13. ^ http://www.ordinariat.sk/spolocnost-bae-systems-dodala-armade-prve-prototypy-systemu-mokys/
  14. ^ http://www.armadninoviny.cz/slovenske-delostrelectvo-samohybne-houfnice-zuzana.html
  15. ^ http://www.armadninoviny.cz/slovenske-delostrelectvo-samohybne-houfnice-zuzana.html
  16. ^ https://domov.sme.sk/c/6145941/obrana-nakupila-sanitky-bez-sutaze.html

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