Armed Forces of Transnistria

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Armed Forces of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic
Вооружённые силы Приднестровской Молдавской Республики
Forțele armate ale Republicii Moldovenești Nistreene
Збройні сили Придністровської Молдавської Республіки
Emblem of the armed forces of Transnistria.svg
Insignia of the Armed Forces
Founded 6 September 1991
Service branches
  • Transnistrian Army
  • Transnistrian Air Force
  • Transnistrian Border Guard
Headquarters Tiraspol
Commander in Chief Vadim Krasnoselsky
Minister of Defence Major General Oleg Obruchkov
Chief of the General Staff Flag of Transnistria (state).svg Colonel Sergey Gerasyutenko
Domestic suppliers  Transnistria
Foreign suppliers  Russia
 South Ossetia
Related articles
History Transnistria War

The Armed Forces of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Russian: Вооружённые силы Приднестровской Молдавской Республики; Vooruzhyonniye Sily Pridnestrovskoy Moldavskoy Respubliki, Romanian: Форцеле армате але Републичий Молдовенешть Нистрене; Forțele armate ale Republicii Moldovenești Nistreene, Ukrainian: Збройні сили Придністровської Молдавської Республіки; Zbroini syly Prydnistrovśkoi Moldavśkoi Respubliky), are the military forces of the semi-recognised state of Transnistria. The Armed Forces were created on 6 September 1991 to protect the sovereignty and independence of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, in accordance with Article 11 of the Republic's Constitution.[1]




The armed forces are composed of 4,500 to 7,500 active duty soldiers, (with 15,000-25,000 personnel in the reserve).[2][3]

Army Headquarters (Tiraspol)[edit]

The PMR Honour Guard
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Director of Music of the General Staff Band, Colonel Vitaly Voinov.
  • General Staff of the Armed Forces - It is the commanding and managing body of the armed forces. It is tasked with enforcing military strategy which comes from the ministry of defense.
  • PMR Honour Guard - Since it's establishment on 6 November 1997, the PMR Honour Guard has taken part in the welcoming of honoures guests and festive and ceremonies.[4][5][6]
  • General Staff Band - The band's musicians have at least a year of experience in the musical services of the Russian, Moldovan, and Ukrainian armed forces. Their repertoire includes over 500 works by foreign composers. The band is led by Colonel Vitaly Voinov.[7]
  • Special Forces Battalion
  • Security Battalion
  • Intelligence Company

Regular Army[edit]

PMR Special Motorized Military Unit.png
The Peacekeeping force.
PMR Border Guard.png
  • 1st Motorised Infantry Brigade (Tiraspol)
  • 2nd Motorised Infantry Brigade (Bender)
  • 3rd Motorised Infantry Brigade (Rîbniţa)
  • 4th Motorised Infantry Brigade (Dubăsari)
  • Tank Battalion
  • Artillery Regiment
  • Anti-aircraft Regiment
  • Peacekeeping Force
  • PMR Border Guard

Military education[edit]

The corps of drums of the Republican Cadets Corps.
Cadets of the Military Institute of the Ministry of Defense dressed in historical parade uniforms.
The guard of honor of the Tiraspol Suvorov Military School.


Small arms[edit]

The PMR Honor Guard with AK-47 rifles.
Name Origin Type Variant Notes
Makarov PM Soviet Union Semi-automatic pistol
SVD Dragunov Russia Sniper rifle
AK-47 Russia Assault rifle
AKM Russia Assault rifle
PKM Soviet Union Heavy machine gun
RPG-7 Russia Rocket-propelled grenade
RPG-18 Russia Rocket-propelled grenade
RPG-22 Russia Anti-armor
RPG-26 Russia Anti-armor
RPG-27 Russia Anti-armor


A T-55 Main battle tank
A BTR-60PB armored personnel carrier
Name Origin Type In service Notes
Armored fighting vehicle
T-64BV Soviet Union Main battle tank
T-55 Soviet Union Main battle tank
BMP-1 Russia Infantry fighting vehicle
MT-LB Russia APC
GMZ-3 Russia APC
BTR-70 Soviet Union APC
BTR-60 Soviet Union APC Amphibious capable vehicle
BRDM-2 Soviet Union APC Amphibious capable vehicle
BM-21 Grad Soviet Union Multiple rocket launcher
D-44 Soviet Union Field gun
ZU-23-2 Soviet Union Anti-aircraft
ZPU-4 Soviet Union Anti-aircraft
KS-19 Soviet Union Anti-aircraft
AZP S-60 Soviet Union Anti-aircraft Self-propelled
9K38 Igla Soviet Union MANPADS

Air Force[edit]

Aircraft Roundel
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Antonov An-2 Ukraine transport 3[8]
Antonov An-26 Ukraine transport 1[8][9]
Mil Mi-2 Russia utility / transport 4[8][10]
Mil Mi-8 Russia utility / transport 5[8][9][10]
Mil Mi-24 Russia attack 6
Trainer Aircraft
Yakovlev Yak-18 Soviet Union trainer 2[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Constitution, 2015-09-17.
  2. ^, Law enforcement and armed forces of Pridnestrovie
  3. ^, Приднестровье показало мускулы[permanent dead link], 2007-09-07 (in Russian)
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Оркестр ГШ ВС ПМР". Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  8. ^ a b c d e Transnistrian military aviation OrBat
  9. ^ a b "Photos of Transnistrian military aircraft". 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
  10. ^ a b "Photos of Transnistrian military aircraft". 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-01-10.

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