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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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Military trucks

Light off-road vehicles

Lightweight demining equipment

Bridge vehicles

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

Amphibious vehicles

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Badges of Slovak paratroopers

5th Special Forces Regiment[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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]

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