The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic number 17,500 uniformed personnel. Slovakia joined NATO in March 2004. From 2006 the army transformed into a fully professional organization and compulsory military service was abolished.
Structure of the Armed Forces[edit | edit source]
- Ground Forces - are made up of two active mechanized infantry brigades.
- Air and Air Defence Forces - comprising one wing of fighters, one wing of utility helicopters, and one SAM brigade.
- Training and Support Forces - comprising NSE - National Support Element (Multifunctional Battalion, Transport Battalion, Repair Battalion), Garrison of capital city Bratislava, as well as Training Battalion, and various logistics and communication and information bases.
- Miscellaneous forces under the direct command of the General Staff - the 5th Special Forces Regiment
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. 
Equipment[edit | edit source]
Small arms & hand weapons:
- ČZ vz. 82 standart service pistol
- vz. 58 standard service assault rifle
- M-16 rifle assault rifle
- Heckler & Koch G36 used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment
- Heckler & Koch HK416 used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment In 2009 Regiment has been rearmed and HK416 and HK417 are standard assault rifles of the regiment.
- Heckler & Koch HK417 used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment
- FN MINIMI Para machine gun used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment
- Škorpion vz. 61
- Heckler & Koch MP5 only used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment
- Barrett M82.50cal sniper rifle
- Heckler & Koch UMP used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment and Military Police
- Uk vz. 59 machine gun
- Dragunov sniper rifle (SVD)
- Grand Power K100
- Accuracy International Arctic Warfare 12.7 AW.50 MK2. sniper rifle
- AT-4 Spigot
- Carl Gustav used by special forces
- AGS-17 Automatic grenade launcher
- RPG-75Rocket-propelled grenade
- SIG-Sauer SSG 3000
Main Battle Tanks
- BVP-2 - 91 - Infantry Fighting Vehicle
- BVP-1 - 162 - Infantry Fighting Vehicle
- BPsV - 71 - Reconnaissance vehicle
- OT-90 - 74 (56 in service) - Armoured personnel carrier
- Aligator 4x4 - 42 - Armored light off road vehicle (many versions)
- Tatrapan 6x6 - 70 - Armoured off road vehicle (many versions)
- MRAP (lent by U.S. Army in Afghanistan)
- Iveco LMV - 40 - Armoured light off road vehicle
- BAE RG-32M - 7 - Armoured light off road vehicle
Light off-road vehicles
- Land Rover Defender 110 SW
- UAZ-469 - 200 (to be replaced)
- Nissan Navara, Nissan Pathfinder
- Mercedes-Benz G-Class
- Humvee - 5th Special Forces Regiment
Lightweight demining equipment
Military fitted ambulance
Air Defence Systems
Note -- All data is current as of 1.1.2013
Air Force[edit | edit source]
Note -- All aircraft data is current as of 1.1.2013
Special Forces[edit | edit source]
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. Slovakia committed to increase the number of its troops in Afghanistan to around 222 men by the end of 2013. Slovakia has 35 troops deployed in Bosnia and Herzegovina for EUFOR Althea. Slovak troops were withdrawn from Kosovo because the Slovak Armed Forces set its priority to focus mainly on an Afghanistan NATO led mission. 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). 
References[edit | edit source]
- "Slovak Military Budget 2013"
- "Biela kniha o obrane SR 2013"
- "Nie je obrana už dávno v kríze?!" 24 April 2011
- "Slovenská armáda je úplne v ri..?!" 24 April 2011
- "UKDS 2013" 1 August 2013
- "United Nations Peacekeeping Operations 2013" 31 May 2013
- "United Nations Mission´s Summary detailed by Country 2013" 30 June 2013
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- Official homepage of the Ministry of Defence
- Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic (Slovak)
- Picture gallery
- Slovak military photos
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