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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 ForcesEdit

Slovakia Army

Structure of the Armed forces of the Slovak Republic

Slovak Army Roundel

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]

EquipmentEdit

Slovak vz. 58

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

Slovak soldiers on parade, detail

Slovak soldiers on parade

Small arms & hand weapons:

Main Battle Tanks

APC's

Soldiers from 12th Mechanized Battalion of 1st Mechanized Brigade2

Slovak soldiers from 12th Mechanized Battalion

Slovak Army 5th Special Forces Regiment in Afghanistan3

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

Slovak Army 5th Special Forces Regiment in Afghanistan2

Slovak 5th Special Forces Regiment operating in eastern Afghanistan.

Tatrapan 6x6 armored vehicle

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 ForceEdit

Slovak Air Force MiG-29AS

Slovak Air Force MiG-29AS NATO upgrade

ILA 2008 PD 386

Slovak Air Force MiG-29AS NATO upgrade

Slovak S-300

Slovak S-300

Note -- All aircraft data is current as of 1.1.2013

Special ForcesEdit

Odznaky vysadkarov OS SR

Badges of Slovak paratroopers

5th Special Forces RegimentEdit

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 DepartmentEdit

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.

MissionsEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.nato.int/nato_static/assets/pdf/pdf_2012_04/20120413_PR_CP_2012_047_rev1.pdf
  2. "Slovak Military Budget 2013"
  3. http://www.aktuality.sk/clanok/207764/vojakov-je-menej-za-desat-rokov-klesol-ich-pocet-o-8000/
  4. http://www.nato.int/docu/update/2004/03-march/e0329a.htm
  5. "Biela kniha o obrane SR 2013"
  6. "Nie je obrana už dávno v kríze?!" 24 April 2011
  7. "Slovenská armáda je úplne v ri..?!" 24 April 2011
  8. "UKDS 2013" 1 August 2013
  9. http://www.vvzs.mil.sk/35257/?pg=1
  10. http://www.plrb.mil.sk/300/
  11. "United Nations Peacekeeping Operations 2013" 31 May 2013
  12. "United Nations Mission´s Summary detailed by Country 2013" 30 June 2013
  13. http://cenaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Posobenie-Slovenska-v-zahr.-misiach-a-operaciach_0112.pdf
  14. http://www.euforbih.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2354:eufor-exercise-quick-response-2-begins&catid=105:press-statements&Itemid=70
  15. http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2010&mm=01&dd=04&nav_id=64243
  16. http://www.mzv.sk/sk/zahranicna__politika/slovensko_v_nato-ucast_slovenska_v_mierovych_operaciach_nato#operacieISAF
  17. http://www.usembassy.sk/20years/index.php?page=20

External linksEdit

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