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 Andrej Kiska|
|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||12,542 soldiers and 3,761 civilians (2015)|
|Budget||881million € (2016)|
|Percent of GDP||1.11% (2016)|
|Foreign suppliers|| Czech Republic
The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic number 12,542 uniformed personnel and 3,761 civilians. Slovakia joined NATO in 29 March 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.
- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum - nine (NATO upgraded)
- Aero L-39 Albatros - eight (NATO upgraded)
- Antonov An-26 Curl - one (NATO upgraded), to be replaced by Alenia C-27J Spartan
- Let L-410 Turbolet - six (NATO upgraded)
- Mil Mi-17 Hip-H - 10 (NATO upgraded), to be replaced by UH-60M Black Hawks
- UH-60M Black Hawk - nine (deliveries 2017-2019)
- Alenia C-27J Spartan- two (deliveries 2017-2018)
Note -- All aircraft data is current as of 1.11.2015
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 159 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 66 men by the end of 2014. 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 2015). 
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- Picture gallery
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