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Ground Forces of the Slovak Republic

The Slovak Ground Forces, also known as the Slovak Army, is the land specialized service branch of the Slovak Armed Forces.

Slovak Ground Forces
Pozemné sily Slovenskej republiky
Founded1993 - present
Country Slovakia
BranchArmed Forces of the Slovak Republic
Part ofArmed Forces of the Slovak Republic
Command HQVeliteľstvo Pozemných síl OS SR - Trenčín
Commanders
CommanderMajor General Jindrich Joch
Insignia
RoundelSlovak Army Roundel.svg

Contents

StructureEdit

Slovak Ground Forces locations 2018:
  Brigade HQs   Armored units   Mechanized units   Motorized units   Artillery   ISTAR
  Engineer unit   NBC-Defense   Combat Support Brigade units   Air bases

Ground Forces HeadquarterEdit

  • Ground Forces Headquarter, in Trenčín (Commander: 2 Star General)[1]
    • Command Support Battalion
      • Headquarters Company
      • Transport Company
      • Medical Point

1st Mechanized BrigadeEdit

 
Slovak soldiers from 12th Mechanized Battalion
  • 1st Mechanized Brigade, in Topoľčany (Commander: 1 Star General)
    • Command Support Company, in Topoľčany
    • 11th Mechanized Battalion, in Martin equipped with BVP-2
      • Headquarters Company
      • 3x Mechanized Companies (each with 3x Mechanized Platoons and 1x Fire Support Platoon)
      • Fire Support Company (Anti-Tank Platoon- KONKURS mounted on OT-90, Recon Platoon & 98mm Mortar Platoon)
    • 12th Mechanized Battalion, in Nitra equipped with BVP-2
      • Headquarters Company
      • 3x Mechanized Companies (each with 3x Mechanized Platoons and 1x Fire Support Platoon)
      • Fire Support Company (Anti-Tank Platoon- KONKURS mounted on OT-90, Recon Platoon & 98mm Mortar Platoon)
    • 13th Mechanized Battalion, in Levice equipped with BVP-2
      • Headquarters Company
      • 3x Mechanized Companies (each with 3x Mechanized Platoons and 1x Fire Support Platoon)
      • Fire Support Company (Anti-Tank Platoon- KONKURS mounted on OT-90, Recon Platoon & 98mm Mortar Platoon)
    • Rocket Battalion, in Rožňava
    • Engineer Battalion, in Sereď
      • Headquarters Company
      • 2x Pontoon Bridge Companies
      • 2x Technical Engineer Companies
      • 2x Combat Engineer Companies
      • Mine Warfare Company
    • NBC Defence Battalion, in Rožňava
      • Headquarters Company
      • NBC Recon Company
      • 2x Decontamination Companies
      • 2x NBC Defence Companies
      • Medical Company

2nd Mechanized BrigadeEdit

  • 2nd Mechanized Brigade, in Prešov (Commander: 1 Star General)
    • Command Support Company, in Prešov
    • 21st Armored Battalion, in Trebišov equipped with BVP-1 and T-72M1
      • Headquarters Company
      • 1 x Tank Company
      • 2 x Mechanized Companies (each with 3x Mechanized Platoons and 1x Fire Support Platoon)
      • Fire Support Company (Anti-Tank Platoon- KONKURS mounted on OT-90, Recon Platoon & 82mm Mortar Platoon)
    • 22nd Mechanized Battalion, in Michalovce equipped with BVP-1
      • Headquarters Company
      • 3x Mechanized Companies (each with 3x Mechanized Platoons and 1x Fire Support Platoon)
      • Fire Support Company (Anti-Tank Platoon- KONKURS mounted on OT-90, Recon Platoon & 98mm Mortar Platoon)
    • 23rd Motorized Battalion, in Trebišov
      • Headquarters Company
      • 3x Infantry Companies (each with 3x Infantry Platoons and 1x Fire Support Platoon)
      • Fire Support Company (Anti-Tank Platoon, Recon Platoon & 98mm Mortar Platoon)
    • Self-propelled Artillery Battalion, in Michalovce
      • Headquarters Battery
      • 3x 155mm Self Propelled Howitzer "Zuzana" Batteries
    • ISTAR Battalion, in Prešov equipped with BPsV-I

Combat Support BrigadeEdit

  • Combat Support Brigade, in Hlohovec (Commander: 1 Star General)
    • Command Support Company, in Hlohovec
    • Logistic Battalion, in Hlohovec
    • Logistic Battalion, in Topoľčany
    • Maintenance Battalion, in Martin
    • Combat Service Support Battalion, in Hlohovec

EquipmentEdit

Model Image Origin Type Caliber Details
Handguns
CZ P-09     Czech Republic Handgun 9×19mm Parabellum Replacing the ČZ vz. 82.
ČZ vz. 82     Czechoslovakia Handgun 9×18mm Standard service pistol.
Submachine gun
Heckler & Koch UMP     Germany Submachine gun 9×19mm Parabellum Used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment and Military Police.
Heckler & Koch MP5     Germany Submachine gun 9×19mm Parabellum Only used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment.
Škorpion vz. 61     Czechoslovakia Submachine gun .32 ACP Used to be the standard submachine gun of Czechoslovak forces now in reserve and being retired in favor of German models.
Carbine
vz. 58 V     Czechoslovakia Carbine 7.62×39mm Used by mechanized infantry and airborne units
Heckler & Koch HK416     Germany Carbine 5.56×45mm NATO Limited use with 5th Special Forces Regiment.
Colt M4A1     United States Carbine 5.56x45mm NATO Slovakia announced to purchase via FMS program in 2017.[2][3]
Assault Rifle
vz. 58 P     Czechoslovakia Assault Rifle 7.62×39mm Standard service assault rifle of Slovak Army.
CZ 805 Bren     Czech Republic Assault rifle 5.56×45mm NATO Limited use, replacing vz. 58.[4]
Heckler & Koch G36     Germany Assault Rifle 5.56×45mm NATO Used only by special forces.
Machine Guns
FN MINIMI Para     Belgium Light Machine Gun 5.56×45mm NATO Used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment.
Uk vz. 59     Czechoslovakia General Purpose Machine Gun 7.62×54mmR Standard machine gun of Slovak Army.
M2 Browning     United States Heavy Machine Gun 12.7×99mm NATO Standard heavy machine gun of Slovak Army.
Sniper Rifles
Dragunov sniper rifle     Soviet Union Designated marksman rifle 7.62×54mmR Standard designated marksman rifle of the Slovak Army.
Heckler & Koch HK417     Germany Designated marksman rifle 7.62×51mm NATO Used only by special forces.
SIG Sauer SSG 3000      Switzerland Sniper Rifle 7.62×51mm NATO Used by special forces, but also to become the standard sniper rifle of the Slovak Army.
AW.50 MK2     United Kingdom Sniper Rifle 12.7×99mm NATO
Barrett M82     United States Sniper Rifle 12.7×99mm NATO
Grenades and Grenade Launchers
AGS-17     Soviet Union Automatic grenade launcher 30×29mm grenade Standard grenade launcher of the Slovak Army. In the future will be replaced in favor of as yet undetermined NATO standard grenade launcher which uses 40×53mm grenade.
Anti-tank warfare
MATADOR     Israel Anti-tank weapon 90mm Will become the standard AT weapon and replace both the Carl Gustav and RPG-75.
Carl Gustav M4     Sweden Anti-tank weapon 84mm Today used by the 5th Special Forces Regiment.[5]
RPG-75     Czechoslovakia Rocket-propelled grenade 68mm Standard anti-tank weapon of the Slovak Army.
9M113 Konkurs     Soviet Union Anti-tank Missile 135mm
AT-4 Spigot     Soviet Union Anti-tank Missile 120mm
Mortars
Mortar vz.97   Slovakia Mortar 98mm
Man-portable air-defense systems
SA-18 Grouse     Russia MANPAD 72mm The only type of manpad active with the Slovak Army.

VehiclesEdit

Model Image Origin Type Quantity Details
Tanks
T-72M1     Soviet Union
  Czechoslovakia
30 Standard main battle tank of the Slovak army.[6]
Infantry Fighting Vehicles and Armoured Personnel Carriers
BVP-2     Soviet Union
  Czechoslovakia
IFV 91 Standard IFV of the Slovak army.[7]
BVP-1     Soviet Union
  Czechoslovakia
IFV 69 236 in storage. Will be replaced by IFV BOV 8x8 or modernised to BVP-M level.
OT-90     Czechoslovakia APC 60 Main armoured personnel carrier of Slovak army.
BVP-M     Slovakia IFV 17[8] Slovak modernised BVP-1 by 2018 with remote controlled turret TURRA 30 and new communication systems, more BVP-1 to be upgraded to BVP-M level.
BOV 8x8     Finland
  Slovakia
IFV 0 (81 on order[9]) Slovak wheeled IFV based on Patria AMVXP will be delivered between 2018 and 2024.[10]
OT-64     Czechoslovakia
  Poland
APC Retired from service
Armoured Vehicles
Tatrapan     Slovakia 70+ Tatrapan Zasa - Personnel carrier

Tatrapan AMB - Ambulance version

Tatrapan VSRV - Command post vehicle

Aligator 4x4     Slovakia 42
Iveco LMV     Italy 10 Used by 5th Special Forces Regiment.[11]
International MaxxPro     United States ? Provided by USA during deployment to Afghanistan, after the completion of the mission US let the Slovak army keep the vehicles.[12] Currently mostly used by 5th Special Forces Regiment.
HMMWV     United States ? Purchased from USA during deployment in Afghanistan.[13] Mostly used by 5th Special Forces Regiment.
Polaris RZR     United States Light utility vehicle 18 + 9 Can–Am BRP on order. Used by 5th Special Forces Regiment. [14]
BRDM-2     Soviet Union ? Will be retired from service.
Reconnaissance vehicles
RG-32M     South Africa 7 Modified version used as part of Slovak army communication system MOKYS.[15]
BPsV     Czechoslovakia 35 Most in storage.
BPsV-I     Slovakia 18 upgraded BPsV, in use of the Slovak Army by 2018
Artillery
ShKH Zuzana     Slovakia Self Propelled Howitzer 16 Will be replaced by new 25s ShKH Zuzana 2 until 2022[16]
RM-70/85 Modular     Czechoslovakia
  Slovakia
Multiple Rocket Launcher 25[16]
D-30     Soviet Union Howitzer 9 Used only as ceremonial howitzer. More were sold to Afghanistan.
Engineering Vehicles
AMB-S     Czechoslovakia
  Slovakia
Armoured military ambulance ? Based on a BVP-1 chassis
VPV     Czechoslovakia Armoured recovery vehicle ?
VT-72     Soviet Union
  Czechoslovakia
Armoured recovery vehicle ?
VT-55A     Soviet Union
  Czechoslovakia
Armoured recovery vehicle ?
AV-15     Czechoslovakia Armoured recovery vehicle ?
UOS 155 Belarty     Slovakia Demining, Combat engineering vehicle ? Based on a T-55 chassis
Božena 3 Božena 4 Božena 5     Slovakia Demining Mechanical Clearance ? Remote-controlled self-propelled mine roller
MT-55A     Czechoslovakia
  Slovakia
Armoured vehicle-launched bridge 19
PM-55   Czechoslovakia Armoured vehicle-launched bridge ?
AM-50     Czechoslovakia Armoured vehicle-launched bridge ?
PMS-815     Czechoslovakia Pontoon Bridger ?
PTS-10     Soviet Union Tracked Amphibious Vehicle ?
Utility Vehicles
Land Rover Defender 110 SW     United Kingdom Utility Vehicle 170+
UAZ-469     Soviet Union Utility Vehicle 300 Mostly in storage. Will be replaced by Land Rover Defender 110 SW.
Nissan Navara     Japan Utility Vehicle ?
Nissan Pathfinder     Japan Utility Vehicle 105
Mercedes-Benz G-Class     Germany Utility Vehicle ?
Mercedes-Benz G-300     Germany Military Ambulance 3+[17]
Volkswagen Transporter (T4)     Germany Military Ambulance ?
Military Trucks
AKTIS     Slovakia Utility Truck 180+ Based from MAN TGM. More ordered
Tatra T-815     Czechoslovakia Utility Truck 800+ 6x6, 8x8, 10x10 versions, platform for fuel tanker, multifit, crane, recovery vehicle, bridge vehicle, etc.
Tatra T-815-7     Czech Republic Utility Truck 100+ More ordered
Praga V3S     Czechoslovakia Utility Truck 300+ Will be replaced by AKTIS and Tatra T-815-7
MAN HX     Germany Container Carrier 10+

Demining equipment

Note -- All data is current as of 1.1.2017

ReferencesEdit

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