Slovak Armed Forces

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Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic
Ozbrojené sily Slovenskej Republiky
Slovak Armed Forces logo.svg
The official emblem of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic
Founded1 January 1993
Service branchesSlovak Army Roundel.svg Slovak Ground Forces
Coat of arms of Slovakia.svg Slovak Air Force
Insigne incognitum.svg SK SOCOM
HeadquartersBratislava, Slovakia
WebsiteOfficial website
Leadership
Commander-in-chief Zuzana Čaputová
Minister of defenseJaroslav Naď
Chief of the General StaffGeneral Daniel Zmeko
Manpower
Military age18
ConscriptionAbolished in 2006
Available for
military service
1,413,079, age 15–49 (2008 est.)
Fit for
military service
1,162,282, age 15–49 (2008 est.)
Reaching military
age annually
ca. 18,000 (2008 est.)
Active personnel17,000 active soldiers[1] and 4,800 civilians (2016)[2][3][4]
Expenditures
Budget€1.666 billion (€1.905 billion) (2019)[5]
Percent of GDP1.74 % (2019)[5]
Industry
Foreign suppliers United States[6]
 Israel
 Italy
 Germany
 Czech Republic
 Japan
 Poland
 Russia
Related articles
RanksMilitary ranks of Slovakia

The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic were divided from the Czechoslovak army after dissolution of Czechoslovakia on January 1, 1993. Slovakia joined NATO on 29 March 2004.[7] From 2006 the army transformed into a fully professional organization and compulsory military service was abolished.[8][9][10] Slovak armed forces numbered 15,996 uniformed personnel and 3,761 civilians in 2014.[11][12]

Structure of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic 2016 (click to enlarge)
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 Service Support Brigade units Blue 0080ff pog.svg Air bases

Ground forces[edit]

Air force[edit]

The Slovak Air Force, officially the Air Force of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, has been defending Slovak airspace since 1939. Slovak Air Force currently comprises one wing of fighters and one wing of utility helicopters, and one SAM brigade. It operates 20 pieces aircraft, as well as 10 helicopters from 3 air bases: Malacky Air Base, Sliač Air Base, Prešov Air Base. The Air Force is currently part of the NATO Integrated Air and Missiles Defense System – NATINADS.

Special Operations Forces[edit]

In the future will be added Cyber Defence Unit and SOF Training base.

Missions[edit]

Slovakia has 169 military personnel deployed in Cyprus for UNFICYP United Nations led peace support operations.[15][16] Slovakia committed to increase the number of its troops in Afghanistan to around 45 men by the end of 2016.[17] Slovakia has 41 troops deployed in Bosnia and Herzegovina for EUFOR Althea.[18] Slovak troops were withdrawn from Kosovo because the Slovak Armed Forces set its priority to focus mainly on an Afghanistan NATO led mission.[19][20] Since the independence of Slovakia in 1993, there have been 60 uniformed personnel deaths in the line of service to the United Nations and NATO (as of April 30, 2018).[21][22][23]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

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