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 Military of Slovakia
Command HQ Veliteľstvo Pozemných síl OS SR - Trenčín
Commanders
Land forces commander of the Slovak republic armed forces Major General Ondřej Novosad
Insignia
Roundel Slovak Army Roundel.svg

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

Ground Forces HQ[edit]

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

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
    • Headquarters Battery
    • 3x MLRS RM-70 Batteries
  • 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]

in Prešov (Commander: 1 Star General)

  • Command Support Company in Prešov
  • 21st Mixed Mechanized 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
    • 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

Combat Support Brigade[edit]

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
Grand Power K100 GP K100 MARK6.jpg  Slovakia 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 .45 ACP 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.
Assault Rifle
vz. 58 Sa 58-JH01.jpg  Czechoslovakia Assault Rifle 7.62×39mm Standard service assault rifle of Slovak Army.
CZ 805 Bren Cz805.png  Czech Republic Assault rifle 5.56×45mm NATO Limited use, replacing vz. 58.[1]
Heckler & Koch G36 G36 2.JPEG  Germany Assault Rifle 5.56×45mm NATO Used only by special forces.
Machine Guns
FN MINIMI Para Minimi.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.
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 Australian Army Pvt. Levi Mooney, right, bumps fists with a child during a patrol in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, July 26, 2013 130726-Z-FS372-401.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 Air Force Sniper M82.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.[2]
RPG-75 RPG-75.JPG  Czechoslovakia Rocket-propelled grenade 68mm Standard anti-tank weapon of the Slovak Army.
AT-4 Spigot 9M111 AT-4 Spigot.jpg  Soviet Union Anti-tank Missile 120mm
Man-portable air-defense systems
Igla-2 IGLA-S MANPADS at IDELF-2008.jpg  Soviet Union MANPAD 72mm The only type of manpad active with the Slovak Army.

Vehicles[edit]

Model Image Origin Type Quantity Details
Tanks
T-72 Slovakia army 866.jpg  Czechoslovakia T-72M1 17 Standard main battle tank of the Slovak army.
Infantry Fighting Vehicles
BVP-2 BMP-2 front q.jpg  Czechoslovakia 90 Standard IFV of the Slovak army.
BVP-1 Slovakia army 888.jpg  Czechoslovakia 69 236 in storage.
BVP-M2 Bvp m2 skcz.jpg  Slovakia 1 Possible future standard IFV of the Slovak army.
Armoured Personnel Carriers
PTS-3 11 PTS 3.jpg  Soviet Union  ? Tracked amphibious transport.
OT-90 OT-90 Kladno CZ 191.jpg  Czechoslovakia 60 145 in storage.
OT-64 Brno, Řečkovice, depozitář TMB, OT-64.jpg  Czechoslovakia Retired from service.
Tatrapan Slovakia army 868.jpg  Slovakia 70+
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.[3]
Iveco LMV Iveco LMV Lynx photo003.jpg  Italy 10 Used by 5th Special Forces Regiment.
Aligator 4x4 Aligator Master.jpg  Slovakia 42
Reconnaissance vehicles
RG-32 Scout RG-32 Scouts.jpg  South Africa RG-32M 7 Eventually to replace both the BPsV and BRDM-2, however now the emphasis is to replace the older BRDM-2 first.
BPsV BMP-1 AP 1.jpg  Czechoslovakia 35 Most in storage.
BRDM-2 BRDM 2 TBiU 24 2.jpg  Hungary 7
Artillery
RM-70/85 Modular T813 army2.JPG  Czechoslovakia
 Slovakia
Multiple Rocket Launcher 27
ShKH Zuzana 155mm Skh Zuzana.jpg  Slovakia Self Propelled Howitzer 16 Adopted from the original Czechoslovak SpGH DANA (151) with the difference being the old 152mm soviet gun replace with the 155mm NATO standard
D-30 Хаубица Д-30 122мм.jpg  Slovakia Howitzer 9 Used only as ceremonial howitzer. More were sold to Afghanistan.
Air Defense
S-300PMU Slovak S-300.jpg  Soviet Union
 Russia
SA-10 Grumble[4] 6 1 battery active. Upgraded to UMP standard by Russia in the first decade of the 2000s.
2K12 Kub Sa6 1.jpg  Soviet Union SA-6 Gainful[5] 20 5 batteries in total. Probably in storage due to age.
Engineering Vehicles
VPV BREM-2 in Kubinka.jpg  Soviet Union
 Czechoslovakia
Armoured recovery vehicle  ?
VT-72 BREM-1 - ETIF-2010 (1).jpg  Czechoslovakia Armoured recovery vehicle  ?
VT-55 IMG 2219 - Flickr - Al Jazeera English.jpg  Soviet Union Armoured recovery vehicle  ?
AV-15 Tatra 815 AV 15 pic2.JPG  Czechoslovakia Armoured recovery vehicle  ?
UOS-155 Belarty UOS 155 Belarty 2.jpg  Soviet Union
 Czechoslovakia
Combat engineering vehicle  ?
MT-55 Park of Military History Pivka - MT-55 bridgelayer.jpg  Czechoslovakia 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  ?
Utility Vehicles
Mercedes-Benz G-Class Dutch army Mercedes Benz MB 290 GD, Bridgehead 2011 pic2.JPG  Germany Utility Vehicle max.10
Land Rover Defender 110 SW 1996 Land Rover Defender 110 Hard Top HR (14834313077).jpg  United Kingdom Utility Vehicle 170+
Nissan Navara Nissan Navara E. T..JPG  Japan Utility Vehicle  ?
Nissan Pathfinder 2010 NissanPatrolPathfinder Zlin Mana.jpg  Japan Utility Vehicle 105
Suzuki Jimny Camo Car (14510220283).jpg  Japan Utility Vehicle  ?
UAZ-469 Gorce UAZ 469 (2).jpg  Soviet Union Utility Vehicle 13 300 in storage. All will be retired.
Volkswagen Transporter (T4) Military ambulance Volkswagen Transporter T4.JPG  Germany Utility Van  ?

Military trucks

Lightweight demining equipment

Military fitted ambulance

Note -- All data is current as of 1.1.2016

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