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Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic
Ozbrojené sily Slovenskej Republiky
Official-emblem-of-ossr.png
The official emblem of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic.
Founded1 January 1993
Service branchesGround Forces of the Slovak Republic
Slovak Air Force
HeadquartersBratislava, Slovakia
Leadership
Commander-In-Chief Zuzana Čaputová
Ministry of DefencePeter Gajdoš
Chief of the General StaffLieutenant general Daniel Zmeko
Manpower
Military age18
ConscriptionAbolished in 2006
Available for
military service
1,413,079, age 15–49 (2008 est.)
Fit for
military service
1,162,282, age 15–49 (2008 est.)
Reaching military
age annually
ca. 18,000 (2008 est.)
Active personnel17,000 active soldiers[1] and 4,800 civilians (2016)[2][3][4]
Expenditures
Budget€1,66 billion (2019) [5][6][7][8][9][10]
Percent of GDP1,73 % (2019)
Industry
Foreign suppliers United States[11]
 Israel
 Italy
 Germany
 Czech Republic
 Japan
 Poland
 Russia
Related articles
RanksMilitary ranks of Slovakia

The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic were divided from Czechoslovak army after dissolution of Czechoslovakia on January 1, 1993. Slovakia joined NATO on 29 March 2004.[12] From 2006 the army transformed into a fully professional organization and compulsory military service was abolished.[13][14][15] Slovak armed forces numbered 15,996 uniformed personnel and 3,761 civilians in 2014.[16][17]

Structure of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic 2016 (click to enlarge)

Ground forces[edit]

Slovak soldiers from 12th Mechanized Battalion

Air force[edit]

Slovak upgraded multirole fighter aircraft MiG-29AS.

The Slovak Air Force, officially the Air Force of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, has been defending Slovak airspace since 1939. Slovak Air Force currently comprises one wing of fighters and one wing of utility helicopters, and one SAM brigade. It operates 20 pieces aircraft, as well as 10 helicopters from 3 air bases: Malacky Air Base, Sliač Air Base, Prešov Air Base. The Air Force is currently part of the NATO Integrated Air and Missiles Defense System – NATINADS.

Aircraft[edit]

A Mi-17 n.0847 of the Slovak Air Force
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
MiG-29  Russia multirole MiG-29AS/UBS 12[18] Aircraft were upgraded in 2008.[19] To be replaced by the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
F-16 Fighting Falcon  United States multirole F-16V 14 on order[20] Deliveries will begin in 2022.[21]
Reconnaissance
L-410 Turbolet  Czech Republic surveillance L-410FG 1[22]
Transport
L-410 Turbolet  Czech Republic transport L-410UVP-E 5[22]
Alenia C-27J Spartan  Italy transport 2[23]
Helicopters
Mil Mi-17  Russia transport / utility M/LPZS 13[22]
Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk  United States utility UH-60M 4 5 on order[24]
Bell 429 GlobalRanger  United States utility Bell 429 0 9 on order[25][26]
Trainer Aircraft
Aero L-39  Czech Republic jet trainer L-39CM/ZAM 7[22][27] assigned to the 2nd Squadron.
UAV
Elbit Skylark  Israel UAV I-LEX 5[28] assigned to the Ministry of Interior and 5th Regiment.

Special forces[edit]

The 5th Special Forces Regiment is Slovakia's counter-terrorism and special operations unit. The unit is directly attached to the armed forces general staff, but works for the Operational Reconnaissance Bureau.[29][30]

Missions[edit]

Slovakia has 169 military personnel deployed in Cyprus for UNFICYP United Nations led peace support operations.[31][32] Slovakia committed to increase the number of its troops in Afghanistan to around 45 men by the end of 2016.[33] Slovakia has 41 troops deployed in Bosnia and Herzegovina for EUFOR Althea.[34] Slovak troops were withdrawn from Kosovo because the Slovak Armed Forces set its priority to focus mainly on an Afghanistan NATO led mission.[35][36] 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 April 30, 2018).[37][38][39]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

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