Slovak Armed Forces

Combined military forces of the Slovak Republic

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
Motto"Česť a sláva" (Honour and Glory)
Founded1 January 1993
Service branchesSlovak Army Roundel.svg Slovak Ground Forces
Coat of arms of Slovakia.svg Slovak Air Force
Insigne incognitum.svg Special Operations Forces (SK SOCOM)
HeadquartersBratislava, Slovakia
WebsiteOfficial website
Leadership
Commander-in-chief Zuzana Čaputová
Minister of defenseJaroslav Naď
Chief of the General StaffGeneral Daniel Zmeko
Personnel
ConscriptionAbolished in 2006
Active personnel19,500[1]
Expenditures
Budget€1.67 billion ($2.01 billion) (2021)[2]
Percent of GDP1.75% (2021)[3]
Industry
Foreign suppliers Czech Republic[4]
 Germany
 Italy
 Israel
 Japan
 Poland
 United States
Related articles
RanksMilitary ranks of Slovakia

The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic were divided from the Czechoslovak army after dissolution of Czechoslovakia on 1 January 1993. Slovakia joined NATO on 29 March 2004.[5] From 2006 the army transformed into a fully professional organization and compulsory military service was abolished.[6][7][8] Slovak armed forces numbered 19,500uniformed personnel and 4,208 civilians in 2022.[9]

Structure of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic in 2021 (click to enlarge)
Slovak Armed Forces is located in Slovakia
Martin
Martin
Nitra
Nitra
Levice
Levice
Sereď
Sereď
Michalovce
Michalovce
Malacky
Malacky
Hlohovec
Hlohovec
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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

  • Ground Forces Command
  • 1st Mechanized Brigade
  • 2nd Mechanized Brigade
  • Combat Service Support Brigade

Air force

The Slovak Air Force, officially the Air Force of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, has been defending Slovak airspace since independence in 1993. The Slovak Air Force currently comprises one wing of fighters, one wing of utility helicopters, one wing of transport aircraft, and one SAM brigade. It operates around 20 combat aircraft, as well as 10 helicopters from 3 air bases: Malacky/Kuchyňa 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

  • 5th Special Forces Regiment[10][11]
  • 52nd Airborne Battalion
  • CIMIC/PsyOps Center

In the future will be added Cyber Defence Unit and SOF Training base.[citation needed]

Missions

Slovakia has 169 military personnel deployed in Cyprus for UNFICYP United Nations led peace support operations.[12][13] Slovakia has 41 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 NATO led mission.[15][16] 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 30 April 2018).[17][18][19]

Gallery

  • Armoured vehicle Tatrapan

    Armoured vehicle Tatrapan

  • Multiple rocket launcher RM-70 MODULAR

    Multiple rocket launcher RM-70 MODULAR

  • Slovak upgraded multirole fighter aircraft MiG-29AS

    Slovak upgraded multirole fighter aircraft MiG-29AS

  • A Let L-410 Turbolet of the Slovak Air Force

    A Let L-410 Turbolet of the Slovak Air Force

  • Slovak 5th Special Forces Regiment operating in eastern Afghanistan

    Slovak 5th Special Forces Regiment operating in eastern Afghanistan

  • In eastern Afghanistan operation

    In eastern Afghanistan operation

  • A member of the 5th Special Forces Regiment conducts security inside HMMWV

    A member of the 5th Special Forces Regiment conducts security inside HMMWV

  • Soldiers of the 12th Mechanized Battalion

    Soldiers of the 12th Mechanized Battalion

References

  1. ^ "Vláda predstavila nový plán: Toto sa udeje s bezpečnostnými silami!". 7 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Armáda dostane z rozpočtu viac, Slovensko smeruje k dvom percentám HDP vynaloženým na obranu". 9 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Armáda dostane z rozpočtu viac, Slovensko smeruje k dvom percentám HDP vynaloženým na obranu". 9 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Work, Slovakian Defense Minister Review Bilateral Relationship". Defense.gov. Archived from the original on 1 September 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  5. ^ "NATO Update: Seven new members join NATO - 29 March 2004". Nato.int. Archived from the original on 15 March 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  6. ^ "kniha o obrane SR 2013"" (PDF). Lt.justice.gov.sk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Financial and Economic Data Relating to NATO Defence" (PDF). Nato.int. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 December 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Slovenská armáda je v kritickom stave, má to fatálne následky". Komentare.sme.sk. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Vláda predstavila nový plán: Toto sa udeje s bezpečnostnými silami!". 7 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Contracts for April 20, 2017". Defense.gov. Archived from the original on 18 September 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Colt Capitalizes on Foreign Military Sales Program - The Firearm Blog". Thefirearmblog.com. 27 April 2017. Archived from the original on 1 June 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  12. ^ "United Nations Mission´s Summary detailed by Country 2014" (PDF). Un.org. 30 June 2014. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 March 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Troop and police contributors. United Nations Peacekeeping". Archived from the original on 6 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  14. ^ Jasmin. "EUFOR "Exercise Quick Response 2" begins". EUFOR ALTHEA. Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  15. ^ "B92 - Info - Slovakia pulling soldiers from Kosovo". B92. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Účasť Slovenska v mierových operáciách NATO - Slovensko v NATO - Zahraničná politika - Ministerstvo zahraničných vecí a európskych záležitostí Slovenskej republiky". Mzv.sk. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  17. ^ "Two Slovakian Soldiers Killed in Kabul Suicide Car Bomb". Defense News. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  18. ^ "20 Years of U.S. - Slovak Diplomatic Relations". Usembassy.sk. Archived from the original on 5 August 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  19. ^ "Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel". defense.gov. Archived from the original on 20 March 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017.

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