Serbian Army

The Serbian Army (Serbian Cyrillic: Копнена војска Србије, romanizedKopnena vojska Srbije, lit.'Serbian Land Army') is the land-based and the largest component of the Serbian Armed Forces.

Serbian Army
Копнена војска Србије
Emblem of the Serbian Land Forces.svg
Emblem of the Serbian Army
(current form since 2006)
Country Serbia
Size13,200 (2021 est.)[1]
Part ofEmblem of the Serbian Armed Forces.svg Serbian Armed Forces
Command HQNiš
Motto(s)For freedom and honour of the Fatherland (Za slobodu i čast Otadžbine)
Anniversaries16 November
EngagementsSerbian Revolution
Serbian-Turkish Wars (1876–1878)
Russo-Turkish War
Serbo-Bulgarian War
Balkan Wars
World War I
Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War
World War II
Yugoslav Wars
Lt. General
Milosav Simović
Army Sergeant MajorWarrant officer 1st class
Mladen Pupovac
Vojvoda Radomir Putnik
Vojvoda Stepa Stepanović
Vojvoda Živojin Mišić
Vojvoda Petar Bojović
FlagFlag of the Serbian Land Forces.svg


Originally established in 1830 as the Army of Principality of Serbia and after Serbia's independence it subsequently grew in size and was renamed the Royal Serbian Army. After the World War I it was incorporated into the newly established Royal Yugoslav Army which was in turn transformed into Yugoslav Ground Forces of the Yugoslav People's Army after the World War II. The Serbian Army in its current form has been active since 2006 when Serbia restored its independence.


The Serbian Army is responsible for defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia from foreign hostiles; participating in peacekeeping operations; and providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

The Army i.e. infantry battalions of its 2nd, 3rd and 4th brigades are tasked with securing the 384 kilometers long and 5 km wide Ground Safety Zone along the administrative line between Serbia and Kosovo[a] with over 20 camps and security checkpoints.[2]


The Serbian Army consists of six brigades, six independent battalions directly attached to the Army Command, as well as the Technical Overhauling Institute and Multinational Operations Training Centre.[3] The four primary army brigades are composed of as many as ten battalions, including: one command battalion, one armored battalion, two mechanized battalions, two infantry battalions, one self-propelled artillery battalion, one self-propelled multiple rocket launcher artillery battalion, one air-defence battalion, one engineer battalion and one logistics battalion.

Serbian Army structure
10th Comm
18th Eng
19th Log
11th Inf
14th A-d Art
12th S-p Art
17th Mech
111st Inf
13th MRL Art
15th Tank
17th Mech
20th Comm
23rd S-p Art
25th A-d Art
26th Tank
27th Mech
29th Log
210th Eng
21st Inf
28th Mech
24th S-p Art
22nd Inf
30th Comm
33rd How Art
34th MRL Art
35th A-d Art
36th Tank
39th Log
31st Inf
32nd Inf
37th Mech
38th Mech
310th Log
40th Comm
43rd How Art
45th A-d Art
46th Tank
47th Mech
49th Log
410th Eng
41st Inf
42nd Inf
48th Mech
44th MRL Art
1st H-C Art
2nd H-C Art
3rd Can Art
4th Can Art
S-p C&H Art
Mix Miss Art
69th Log
1st Pont
1st River
2nd River
2nd Pont
5th MP
2nd River
3rd MP
21st Sig
T72 Tank
246th NBC
211st Mnt
  Army Command attached unit
  1st Brigade   2nd Brigade   3rd Brigade   4th Brigade
  Mixed Artillery Brigade   River Flotilla
  •   Army Command
    •   3rd Military Police Battalion (Niš)
    •   5th Military Police Battalion (Belgrade)
    •   246th NBC Battalion (Kruševac)
    •   21st Signal Battalion (Niš)
    • T–72M Tank Battalion (Niš)
    • Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (Niš)
  •   1st Brigade
    • 10th Command Battalion (Novi Sad)
    • 11th Infantry Battalion (Pančevo)
    • 12th Self-propelled Artillery Battalion (Bačka Topola)
    • 13th Self-propelled Multiple Rocket Launcher Artillery Battalion (Sremska Mitrovica)
    • 14th Air-defence Artillery Battalion (Pančevo)
    • 15th Tank Battalion (Sremska Mitrovica)
    • 16th Mechanized Battalion (Sremska Mitrovica)
    • 17th Mechanized Battalion (Bačka Topola)
    • 18th Engineer Battalion (Novi Sad)
    • 19th Logistics Battalion (Novi Sad)
    • 111th Infantry Battalion (Loznica)
  •   2nd Brigade
    • 20th Command Battalion (Kraljevo)
    • 21st Infantry Battalion (Raška)
    • 22nd Infantry Battalion (Požega)
    • 23rd Self-propelled Artillery Battalion (Kraljevo)
    • 24th Self-propelled Multiple Rocket Launcher Artillery Battalion (Valjevo)
    • 25th Air-defence Artillery Battalion (Kraljevo)
    • 26th Tank Battalion (Kraljevo)
    • 27th Mechanized Battalion (Kraljevo)
    • 28th Mechanized Battalion (Novi Pazar)
    • 29th Logistics Battalion (Kraljevo)
    • 210th Engineer Battalion (Kraljevo)
    • 211th Mountain Battalion (Priboj, in process of formation)[4]
  •   3rd Brigade
    • 30th Command Battalion (Niš)
    • 31st Infantry Battalion (Zaječar)
    • 32nd Infantry Battalion (Zaječar)
    • 33rd Self-propelled Howitzer Artillery Battalion (Niš)
    • 34th Multiple Rocket Launcher Artillery Battalion (Niš)
    • 35th Air-defence Artillery Battalion (Niš)
    • 36th Tank Battalion (Niš)
    • 37th Mechanized Battalion (Kuršumlija)
    • 38th Mechanized Battalion (Kuršumlija)
    • 39th Logistics Battalion (Niš)
    • 310th Engineer Battalion (Prokuplje)
  •   4th Brigade
    • 40th Command Battalion (Vranje)
    • 41st Infantry Battalion (Bujanovac, Army Base "Jug")
    • 42nd Infantry Battalion (Bujanovac, Army Base "Jug")
    • 43rd Self-propelled Howitzer Artillery Battalion (Vranje)
    • 44th Self-propelled Multiple Rocket Launcher Artillery Battalion (Leskovac)
    • 45th Air-defence Artillery Battalion (Vranje)
    • 46th Tank Battalion (Vranje)
    • 47th Mechanized Battalion (Vranje)
    • 48th Mechanized Battalion (Bujanovac, Army Base "Jug")
    • 49th Logistics Battalion (Vranje)
    • 410th Engineer Battalion (Vranje)
Serbian Army soldiers during 2015 Combined Resolve IV exercise at the US Army Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Germany
Serbian Army soldiers during 2018 Slavic Brotherhood exercise at the Russian Army Rayevsky Training Center in Russia
  •   Mixed Artillery Brigade
    • Command Battalion (Niš)
    • 1st Howitzer-Cannon Artillery Battalion (Niš)
    • 2nd Howitzer-Cannon Artillery Battalion (Niš)
    • 3rd Cannon Artillery Battalion (Niš)
    • 4th Cannon Artillery Battalion (Niš)
    • Self-propelled Howitzer-Cannon Artillery Battalion (Niš)
    • Mixed Missile Artillery Battalion (Niš)
    • 69th Logistics Battalion (Niš)
  •   River Flotilla
    • Command Company (Novi Sad)
    • 1st River Detachment (Novi Sad)
    • 2nd River Detachment (Belgrade)
    • 1st Pontoon Battalion (Šabac)
    • 2nd Pontoon Battalion (Novi Sad)
    • Logistics Company (Novi Sad)
  •   Multinational Operations Training Centre
  •   Technical Overhauling Institute "Čačak"


M-84 main battle tank
Lazar armoured personnel carrier
Nora B52 self-propelled howitzer
PASARS-16 short-range surface-to-air missile system
Vessels of the River Flotilla
Zastava M21 assault rifle

The following equipment is in operational use as of 2022:

Armored vehiclesEdit





  • Neštin class minesweeper - 4
  • Type 20 Biscaya class river patrol craft - 3
  • Type 22 441 class landing crafts - 5
  • River patrol boats - 4
  • Tanker - 1
  • Degaussing vessel - 1
  • RIB 720 rigid inflatable boat - 10




The rank insignia of commissioned officers.

Rank group General/flag officers Senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
  Serbian Army[16]
Бригадни генерал
Brigadni general
Капетан прве класе
Kapetan prve klase

Rank group General/flag officers Senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet


The rank insignia of non-commissioned officers and enlisted personnel.

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
  Serbian Army[16]
                No insignia
Заставник I класе
Zastavnik I klase
Старији Водник I класе
Stariji Vodnik I klase
Старији Водник
Stariji Vodnik
Млађи водник
Mlađi vodnik

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted

See alsoEdit


a.   ^ The political status of Kosovo is disputed. Having unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo is formally recognised as an independent state by 101 out of 193 (52.3%) UN member states (with another 13 recognising it at some point but then withdrawing their recognition), while Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own territory.


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  2. ^ "NATO for suspension of security zone in Kosovo". Blic Online. January 20, 2009. Archived from the original on February 16, 2009.
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  8. ^ "Vojsci Srbije isporučeno 30 tenkova i oklopnih automobila iz ruske donacije".
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  11. ^ "Course for operating off-road vehicles Hummer". Serbian Armed Forces. February 7, 2013. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  12. ^ "Stefanović o nabavci "korneta": Srbija sada ima ubojito oružje".
  13. ^ "Stefanović o nabavci "korneta": Srbija sada ima ubojito oružje".
  14. ^ "Војска Србије – Наоружање Копнене војске – Противоклопна средства – Противоклопна вођена ракета МАЉУТКА". Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
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  16. ^ a b "ЧИНОВИ У ВОЈСЦИ СРБИЈЕ". (in Serbian). Serbian Armed Forces. Retrieved June 7, 2021.

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