Armed Forces of Croatia

The Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia (Croatian: Oružane snage Republike Hrvatske – OSRH) is the military service of Croatia.

Armed Forces of Croatia
Oružane snage Republike Hrvatske
Croatian Armed Forces emblem
Service branchesCroatian Army
Croatian Navy
Croatian Air Force
Commander-in-Chief Zoran Milanović
Ministry of Defence Mario Banožić
Chief of the General Staff Admiral Robert Hranj
Military age18 years of age
Available for
military service
2,033,589 males, age 15–49 (2015 est.[1]),
2,045,898 females, age 15–49 (2015 est.[2])
Fit for
military service
1,610,442 males, age 15–49 (2015 est.[3]),
1,323,985 females, age 15–49 (2015 est.[4])
Reaching military
age annually
20,000[5] males (2015 est.[6]),
20,000[5] females (2015 est.[7])
Active personnel15,200[8]
Reserve personnel18,350[8]
Deployed personnel Lithuania – 200[9]
 Poland – 80[10]
 Kosovo – 150[11]
 India /  Pakistan – 9[12]
 Western Sahara – 7[13]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina – 2
 Cyprus – 2
 Liberia – 2
 Somalia – 1
Budgetc. 8.2 billion HRK
(c. 1.5 billion USD)
(c. 1.3 billion Euro)
Percent of GDP2.79% (2021)
Domestic suppliersĐuro Đaković (armored vehicles)
Brodosplit (naval vessels)
HS Produkt (small arms)
Foreign suppliers[verification needed]
 Czech Republic
 United States
Related articles
HistoryMilitary history of Croatia
Ban Josip Jelačić
Nikola Šubić Zrinski
Croatian War of Independence
Croatian National Guard
War in Bosnia and Herzegovina
RanksCroatian military ranks

The President is the Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief, and exercises administrative powers in times of war by giving orders to the chief of staff, while administration and defence policy execution in peacetime is carried out by the Government through the Ministry of Defence. This unified institution consists of land, sea, and air branches referred to as:

The Croatian Armed Forces are charged with protecting the Republic as well as supporting international peacekeeping efforts, when mandated by the NATO, United Nations and/or European Union.

The Army has 650 AFVs, around 150 pieces of artillery, 100 MLRSs, around 70 tanks, and 20 SPGs. The Air Force has 12 MiG-21 jet fighters, 10 combat-transport Mi-171 and 16 OH-58 attack helicopters. The Navy has 29 ships, out of which five 60-80 metre fast attack craft are used in offensive capabilities.