Slovenian Ground Force


The Slovenian Ground Force is the primary component of Slovenian Armed Forces.

Slovenian Ground Forces
Slovenska vojska
Emblem of the Slovenian army
Active1991–1993 (as the Slovene Territorial Defense Forces), 1993–present
CountrySlovenia
TypeGround army
RoleDefending Slovene territory
Equipment84 MBTs, 314 IFVs and APCs, 240+ Artillery pieces
Engagements For engagements of the navy detachment see: Slovenian Navy
Commanders
Commander in ChiefBorut Pahor

History


The current Slovenian Armed Forces are descended from the Territorial Defense of the Republic of Slovenia (Teritorialna Obramba Republike Slovenije; TORS), which was formed in 1968 as a paramilitary complement to the regular army of the former Yugoslav within the territory of Slovenia. The main objectives of TORS were to support the Yugoslav National Army (JNA) and conduct guerrilla operations in the event of an invasion.

When Slovenia declared independence at the onset of the Yugoslav Wars in 1991, the TORS and the Slovenian police comprised the majority of forces engaging the Yugoslav People's Army during the Ten-Day War. The Slovenian Armed Forces were formally established in 1993 as a reorganization of the TORS.

Weapons and equipment


Infantry

A Slovene soldier with an FN F2000 assault rifle
Small Arms
ModelImageOriginTypeCaliber or cartridgeDetails
Handguns
Beretta 92FS ItalyHandgun9×19mmStandard handgun of the Slovenian Army.[2]
SIG Sauer P226  SwitzerlandHandgun9×19mmUsed by officers and special forces.[3]
Pistol Rex Zero-1 S FDE SloveniaHandgun9X19mmUsed by Slovenian special forces.[4]
Submachine guns
MP5 GermanySubmachine gun9×19mm ParabelumUsed by Slovenian Military Police and special units.[5]
Shotguns
Benelli M4 ItalyShotgun12 gaugeSemi-automatic shotgun
Carbine
M59 PAP YugoslaviaCarbine7.62×39mmUsed by Slovenian Ceremonial Honor Guard.
Assault rifle
Zastava M70 YugoslaviaAssault rifle7.62×39mmUsed by reserve soldiers.[6]
FN F2000 S BelgiumAssault rifle5.56×45mm NATOStandard Issue Rifle for the Slovenian Armed Forces.[7]
FN SCAR BelgiumAssault rifle7.62×51mm NATOUsed by Slovenian Special forces (ESD).[8]
HK416 GermanyAssault rifle5.56×45mm NATOUsed by Slovenian Military Police (P.E.S.T).[9]
Machine guns
FN Minimi Para BelgiumLight machine gun5.56×45mm NATOStandard Issue Light Machine Gun.[10]
FN MAG BelgiumMedium machine gun7.62×51mm NATOStandard Issue Medium Machine Gun.[11]
M2 Browning BelgiumHeavy machine gun12.7×99mm NATOM2HB QCB variant manufactured by FN Herstal.[12]
Sniper rifle
Steyr SSG 69 AustriaSniper rifle7.62×51mm NATOBolt-action sniper rifle.[5]
Sako TRG FinlandSniper rifle7.62×51mm NATOBolt-action sniper rifle.[5]
PGM Ultima Ratio FranceSniper fifle7.62×51mm NATOSniper rifle.[13]
PGM Mini Hecate FranceSniper rifle.338 Lapua MagnumMedium sniper rifle.[14]
PGM Hécate II FranceSniper rifle12.7×99mm NATOHeavy sniper rifle.[15]
Grenade launchers
GL1 BelgiumGrenade launcher40 mm caseless grenade[16]
Heckler & Koch GMG GermanyAutomatic grenade launcher40x53 mm[17]
Anti-tank warfare
Carl Gustav M4 SwedenRecoillesss rifle84mmRecoilless anti tank weapon which will replace the RGW 90. Bought with different types of ammunition from high explosive anti tank to dual purpose.
RGW 90 GermanyRocket-propelled grenade90mm
Spike MR & LR IsraelAnti-tank guided missile170mmm
Man-portable air-defense systems
Igla-S RussiaMANPADS72mm[18]
Artillery
Model Image Origin Type Number Notes
Artillery
TN90 155 mm towed  Israel Howitzer 18 [19][20]
MN 9 120 mm  Israel Mortar 50 [21][20]

In search of acquiring self propelled howitzers (high chance of German Panzerhaubitze 2000). High amounts of Bratstvo 82mm M69 and 60mm M57 mortars.

Tanks, IFVs and APCs
Model Image Origin Type Number Notes
Armoured fighting vehicles
M-84A4 Sniper  Yugoslavia
 Slovenia
 Croatia
Main battle tank 14 14 used for training, 32 more in storage. Most were upgraded to M-84A4 Sniper standard by 2008.[22][23]
M-55S  Slovenia
 Soviet Union
Main battle tank 30 Heavily upgraded T-55. In reserve.[24]
BVP M-80  Yugoslavia Infantry fighting vehicle 52 In reserve.[25]
SKOV Svarun  Finland
 Slovenia
Armored personnel carrier 30 30 vehicles delivered according to a Settlement Agreement with Patria.[26][22][27]
Valuk  Slovenia Armored personnel carrier 85 85 vehicles in service. 19 of them in the 20th Infantry Regiment.[28][22][29]
BOV VP  Yugoslavia Armored personnel carrier 12
BOV M  Yugoslavia Armored personnel carrier 28
Pandur EVO  Austria Armored personnel carrier 14

Other vehicles

Model Image Origin Type Number Notes
Utility vehicles
JLTV  United States Light multi-role vehicle 38 38 vehicles on order to replace the Humvees. Deliveries to take place between 2021–2023.Will be armed with remote controlled 12.7mm HMG, some with 40mm AGL and SPIKE LR missiles.[30]
Otokar Cobra  Turkey Reconnaissance vehicle 10 Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle[22][31]
HMMWV  United States Reconnaissance vehicle 42
JVBT-55  Czechoslovakia Armoured recovery vehicle 7 [32]
VT-55  Czechoslovakia Armoured recovery vehicle 2 [22]
MT-55  Czechoslovakia Armoured vehicle-launched bridge 4 [33]
Cougar JERRV  United States MRAP 7 Used by EOD units.[34][35]
Achleitner MMV Survivor
 Japan Military light utility vehicle 91 A modified Toyota Land Cruiser for military missions. Will be delivered at the end of 2018.[36]
Mercedes-Benz G-Class  Germany Military light utility vehicle [37][29]
TAM 110 T7 B/BV  Yugoslavia Military truck Mainly used for towing mortars.[38]
TAM 150 T11 B/BV  Yugoslavia Military truck The vehicle is intended for transport of material and technical means (MTS), also used as water/fuel tank vehicle, as decontamination vehicle and special vehicle with superstructure .[39]
Unimog  Germany Military truck The vehicle is intended for transport of material and technical means (MTS) and special vehicle with superstructure. The vehicle is equipped with a roof lining, which allows infantry weapons to be installed.[40]
Iveco T-series  Italy Military truck The vehicle is intended for transport of material and technical means (MTS) and personnel.[41][42][43][44]
Mercedes-Benz Actros  Germany Military truck The vehicle is intended for transport of material and technical means (MTS) and personnel.[45]
MAN 15 TMILGL W A1  Germany Military truck The vehicle is intended for transport of material and technical assets (MTS), mainly ammunition and mines.[46]

Stored equipment

Former equipment

Slovenian 9M111 Fagot anti-tank guided missile

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