Slovak Armed Forces
|Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic|
Ozbrojené sily Slovenskej Republiky
The coat of arms
|Founded||1 January 1993|
Ground Forces of the Slovak Republic|
Slovak Air Force
|President of the Republic||Andrej Kiska|
|Minister of Defense||Peter Gajdoš|
|Chief of the General Staff||General Milan Maxim|
|Military age||18 years of age|
|Conscription||Abolished in 2006|
|1,413,079, age 15–49|
|1,162,282, age 15–49|
|Active personnel||17,000 soldiers and 4,800 civilians (2016)|
|Budget||998 million € (2017)|
|Percent of GDP||1.20 % (2017)|
The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic number 15,996 uniformed personnel and 3,761 civilians. Slovakia joined NATO on 29 March 2004. From 2006 the army transformed into a fully professional organization and compulsory military service was abolished.
Structure of the armed forces
- Ground forces - are made up of two active mechanized infantry brigades and a Combat Support Brigade.
- Air and air defence forces - comprising one wing of fighters, one wing of utility helicopters, and one SAM brigade.
- Miscellaneous forces under the direct command of the general staff, including the 5th Special Forces Regiment
- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum - ten (NATO upgraded)
- Aero L-39 Albatros - eight (NATO upgraded)
- Let L-410 Turbolet - seven (NATO upgraded)
- Mil Mi-17 Hip-H - nine (NATO upgraded), to be replaced by UH-60M Black Hawks
- UH-60M Black Hawk - nine on order (deliveries 2017-2019) + other 9 option
- Alenia C-27J Spartan- two on order (deliveries 2017-2018) + other 1 option
Note -- All aircraft data is current as of 08.10.2016
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.
Slovakia has 169 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 40 men by the end of 2016. Slovakia has 41 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 Slovak troops were withdrawn from Kosovo because the Slovak Armed Forces set its priority to focus mainly on an Afghanistan NATO led mission.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 59 uniformed personnel deaths in the line of service to the United Nations and NATO (as of 2015).
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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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