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Military of Slovakia
Ozbrojené Sily Slovenskej Republiky
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Armed Forces of Slovak Republic coat-of-arms
Service branches Ground Forces of the Slovak Republic, Slovak Air Force
Leadership
Commander-in-Chief President of the Republic Ivan Gašparovič
Chief of Defense Chief of the General Staff: Lieutenant General Peter Vojtek
Manpower
Military age 17 years of age
Conscription Abolished in 2006
Available for
military service
1,413,079, age 15–49
Fit for
military service
1,162,282, age 15–49
Reaching military
age annually
40,000
Active personnel 16,000[1]
Expenditures
Budget 1 billion $ (748 million €) (2013)[2]
Percent of GDP 1.03% (2013)
Industry
Foreign suppliers  Czech Republic
 Germany
 Israel
 Poland
 Russia
United States

The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic number 17,500 uniformed personnel.[3] Slovakia joined NATO in March 2004.[4] From 2006 the army transformed into a fully professional organization and compulsory military service was abolished.[5]

Structure of the Armed Forces[]

Structure of the Armed forces of the Slovak Republic

Slovak military vehicles marking symbol

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 14,000 uniformed personnel by 2012.[6] [7]

Equipment[]

A Slovak Army soldier stands guard in front of the Multinational Division-Central South headquarters at Camp Echo, Iraq.

Slovak soldiers on parade

Small arms & hand weapons:

Main Battle Tanks

APC's

Slovak soldiers from 12th Mechanized Battalion

Slovak 5th Special Forces Regiment in Afghanistan boarding an aircraft.

Slovak 5th Special Forces Regiment operating in eastern Afghanistan.

Tatrapan 6x6 armored vehicle

Artillery

  • Soviet Union D-30 122 mm - 26 (only as ceremonial howitzer)
  • Slovakia RM-70 MODULAR - 26
  • Slovakia ShKH Zuzana 155 mm – 16

Military trucks

  • Slovakia AKTIS
  • Germany MAN HX
  • Czech Republic Tatra 815 (many versions)
  • Czech Republic Praga V3S - 300 (to be replaced)

Light off-road vehicles

Lightweight demining equipment

Bridge vehicles

  • Slovakia AM-50
  • Slovakia MT-55
  • Slovakia PM-55
  • Slovakia PMS TATRA 815

Amphibious vehicles

  • Soviet Union PTS (amphibious vehicle)
  • Soviet Union BRDM-2
  • Czechoslovakia OT-64

Military fitted ambulance

Recovery vehicles

  • Slovakia VPV
  • Slovakia VT-72
  • Slovakia VT-55
  • Slovakia AV-15

Air Defence Systems

Note -- All data is current as of 1.1.2013

Air Force[]

Slovak Air Force MiG-29AS NATO upgrade

Slovak Air Force MiG-29AS NATO upgrade

Slovak S-300

Note -- All aircraft data is current as of 1.1.2013

Special Forces[]

Badges of Slovak paratroopers

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.

Special Task Force of National Anti-Drug Department[]

The NADSTF duties include the following of organized crime groups, working in coverage, protecting important witnesses, preparing for actions sooner than the crimes are committed and arresting highly dangerous criminals. The NADSTF Operate under Ministry of interior of the Slovak Republic.

Missions[]

Slovakia has 158 military personnel deployed in Cyprus for UNFICYP United Nations led peace support operations.[11][12] Slovakia committed to increase the number of its troops in Afghanistan to around 222 men by the end of 2013.[13] Slovakia has 35 troops deployed in Bosnia and Herzegovina for EUFOR Althea.[14] Slovak troops were withdrawn from Kosovo because the Slovak Armed Forces set its priority to focus mainly on an Afghanistan NATO led mission.[15][16] Since the independence of Slovakia in 1993, there have been 56 uniformed personnel deaths in the line of service to the United Nations and NATO (as of 2013). [17]

References[]

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