History UsefulNotes / SlovaksWithSappers

5th Sep '15 8:15:46 PM nombretomado
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The modern military of the Slovak Republic, a.k.a. {{UsefulNotes/Slovakia}}, was founded in 1993, after the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia. It started operating as a {{NATO}} force in 2004, when the country became a member of the alliance. Its official name is ''Ozbrojené sily Slovenskej republiky'' ("The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic").

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The modern military of the Slovak Republic, a.k.a. {{UsefulNotes/Slovakia}}, was founded in 1993, after the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia. It started operating as a {{NATO}} UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} force in 2004, when the country became a member of the alliance. Its official name is ''Ozbrojené sily Slovenskej republiky'' ("The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic").
28th Dec '13 2:17:28 PM LongLiveHumour
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Since Slovakia is a former WarsawPact country, its vehicles and equipment are of mostly Czechoslovak and Soviet design. Most of this stuff is upgraded nowadays and many of the not-relevant-since-the-ColdWar-ended vehicles have been gradually phased out since the 1990s. The army is also fully professional these days, with the compulsory military service for men having been abolished on the 1st of January 2006 (though there's still a law for conscription in emergency cases, i. e. the country getting under full-blown attack).

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Since Slovakia is a former WarsawPact UsefulNotes/WarsawPact country, its vehicles and equipment are of mostly Czechoslovak and Soviet design. Most of this stuff is upgraded nowadays and many of the not-relevant-since-the-ColdWar-ended not-relevant-since-the-UsefulNotes/ColdWar-ended vehicles have been gradually phased out since the 1990s. The army is also fully professional these days, with the compulsory military service for men having been abolished on the 1st of January 2006 (though there's still a law for conscription in emergency cases, i. e. the country getting under full-blown attack).



* [[RussiansWithRustingRockets Slovaks With Rusting Army Tech]] : Actually averted quite well by the Ground Forces. [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] in the case of the Air Force, which has the added trouble of having to convert itself from a heavily armed ColdWar era frontline force to a smaller and more managable body, focused more on ground forces support and some basic air superiority.

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* [[RussiansWithRustingRockets Slovaks With Rusting Army Tech]] : Actually averted quite well by the Ground Forces. [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] in the case of the Air Force, which has the added trouble of having to convert itself from a heavily armed ColdWar UsefulNotes/ColdWar era frontline force to a smaller and more managable body, focused more on ground forces support and some basic air superiority.



* TechnicalPacifist : Since the military is small, its role is defensive and it focuses mainly on domestic and foreign disaster relief and NATO and [[UnitedNations UN]] peacekeeping missions abroad (most notably in {{UsefulNotes/Kosovo}}, {{UsefulNotes/Cyprus}}, {{UsefulNotes/Iraq}} and {{UsefulNotes/Afghanistan}}).

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* TechnicalPacifist : Since the military is small, its role is defensive and it focuses mainly on domestic and foreign disaster relief and NATO and [[UnitedNations [[UsefulNotes/UnitedNations UN]] peacekeeping missions abroad (most notably in {{UsefulNotes/Kosovo}}, {{UsefulNotes/Cyprus}}, {{UsefulNotes/Iraq}} and {{UsefulNotes/Afghanistan}}).
3rd Sep '13 4:06:39 PM ZemplinTemplar
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* AwesomeYetPractical : The remote-controlled mine clearance vehicles developed for the sapper units and overseas sales. In terms of construction, they're usually based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mine_flail mine flail]] principle or a combination of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mine_roller mine roller]] and mine flail.
* BadassBookworm / GeniusBruiser : The sapper units, full stop. Hey, fighting at the frontline might be the usual idea of "war", but at the end of the day, someone's got to clean up all those nasty mines or other threats left behind by extinsive fighting. Not to mention aiding reconstruction efforts in war-torn areas...

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* AwesomeYetPractical : The remote-controlled mine clearance vehicles developed for the sapper units and overseas sales. In terms of construction, they're usually based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mine_flail mine flail]] principle principle, or a combination of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mine_roller mine roller]] and mine flail.
* BadassBookworm / GeniusBruiser : The sapper units, full stop. Hey, fighting at the frontline might be the usual idea of "war", but at the end of the day, someone's got to clean up all those nasty mines or other threats left behind by extinsive extensive fighting. Not to mention aiding reconstruction efforts in war-torn areas...
13th Apr '13 10:38:10 AM ZemplinTemplar
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** The [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album211 Mi-24]] [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album286 attack]] [[http://www.vojak.mil.sk/data/att/13427_obr2.jpg helicopters]] are the chopper variety of the trope. Sadly, they're about to be phased out by the beginning of 2012, since their upkeep and modernization was already expensive and there were few of them left anyway. There are plans for a greater budgetary push towards the more useful BoringButPractical [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album213 Mi-17s]] and transport planes (including the purchase of Alenia C-27J Spartans to replace the [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album280 two Antonov An-26 Curls]]). Some of the older planes in the [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album458 LET L-410 Turbolet]] [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album459 light transport fleet]] had been replaced with new ones in the autumn of 2012. (The exchange didn't go completely smoothly : Some of its circumstances were criticized, i.e. that the purchase seemed to be artificially overpriced.)

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** The [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album211 Mi-24]] [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album286 attack]] [[http://www.vojak.mil.sk/data/att/13427_obr2.jpg helicopters]] are the chopper variety of the trope. Sadly, they're about to be they were phased out by the beginning of 2012, since their upkeep and modernization was already expensive and there were few of them left anyway. There are plans for a greater budgetary push towards the more useful BoringButPractical [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album213 Mi-17s]] and transport planes (including the purchase of Alenia C-27J Spartans to replace the [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album280 two Antonov An-26 Curls]]). Some of the older planes in the [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album458 LET L-410 Turbolet]] [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album459 light transport fleet]] had been replaced with new ones in the autumn of 2012. (The exchange didn't go completely smoothly : Some of its circumstances were criticized, i.e. that the purchase seemed to be artificially overpriced.)
13th Apr '13 10:36:55 AM ZemplinTemplar
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** The [[Mi-24]] [[http://www.vojak.mil.sk/data/att/13427_obr2.jpg attack helicopters]] are the chopper variety of the trope. Sadly, they're about to be phased out by the beginning of 2012, since their upkeep and modernization was already expensive and there were few of them left anyway. There are plans for a greater budgetary push towards the more useful BoringButPractical [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album213 Mi-17s]] and transport planes (including the purchase of Alenia C-27J Spartans to replace the [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album280 two Antonov An-26 Curls]]). Some of the older planes in the [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album458 LET L-410 Turbolet]] [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album459 light transport fleet]] had been replaced with new ones in the autumn of 2012. (The exchange didn't go completely smoothly : Some of its circumstances were criticized, i.e. that the purchase seemed to be artificially overpriced.)

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** The [[Mi-24]] [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album211 Mi-24]] [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album286 attack]] [[http://www.vojak.mil.sk/data/att/13427_obr2.jpg attack helicopters]] are the chopper variety of the trope. Sadly, they're about to be phased out by the beginning of 2012, since their upkeep and modernization was already expensive and there were few of them left anyway. There are plans for a greater budgetary push towards the more useful BoringButPractical [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album213 Mi-17s]] and transport planes (including the purchase of Alenia C-27J Spartans to replace the [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album280 two Antonov An-26 Curls]]). Some of the older planes in the [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album458 LET L-410 Turbolet]] [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album459 light transport fleet]] had been replaced with new ones in the autumn of 2012. (The exchange didn't go completely smoothly : Some of its circumstances were criticized, i.e. that the purchase seemed to be artificially overpriced.)
13th Apr '13 10:35:19 AM ZemplinTemplar
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** The Mi-24 attack helicopters are the chopper variety of the trope. Sadly, they're about to be phased out by the beginning of 2012, since their upkeep and modernization was already expensive and there were few of them left anyway. There are plans for a greater budgetary push towards the more useful BoringButPractical [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album213 Mi-17s]] and transport planes (including the purchase of Alenia C-27J Spartans to replace the [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album280 two Antonov An-26 Curls]]). Some of the older planes in the [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album458 LET L-410 Turbolet]] [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album459 light transport fleet]] had been replaced with new ones in the autumn of 2012. (The exchange didn't go completely smoothly : Some of its circumstances were criticized, i.e. that the purchase seemed to be artificially overpriced.)

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** The Mi-24 [[Mi-24]] [[http://www.vojak.mil.sk/data/att/13427_obr2.jpg attack helicopters helicopters]] are the chopper variety of the trope. Sadly, they're about to be phased out by the beginning of 2012, since their upkeep and modernization was already expensive and there were few of them left anyway. There are plans for a greater budgetary push towards the more useful BoringButPractical [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album213 Mi-17s]] and transport planes (including the purchase of Alenia C-27J Spartans to replace the [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album280 two Antonov An-26 Curls]]). Some of the older planes in the [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album458 LET L-410 Turbolet]] [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album459 light transport fleet]] had been replaced with new ones in the autumn of 2012. (The exchange didn't go completely smoothly : Some of its circumstances were criticized, i.e. that the purchase seemed to be artificially overpriced.)



* TechnicalPacifist : Since the military is small, its role is defensive and it focuses mainly on domestic and foreign disaster relief and NATO and UN peacekeeping missions abroad (most notably in {{UsefulNotes/Kosovo}}, {{UsefulNotes/Cyprus}}, {{UsefulNotes/Iraq}} and {{UsefulNotes/Afghanistan}}).

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* TechnicalPacifist : Since the military is small, its role is defensive and it focuses mainly on domestic and foreign disaster relief and NATO and UN [[UnitedNations UN]] peacekeeping missions abroad (most notably in {{UsefulNotes/Kosovo}}, {{UsefulNotes/Cyprus}}, {{UsefulNotes/Iraq}} and {{UsefulNotes/Afghanistan}}).
13th Apr '13 10:25:33 AM ZemplinTemplar
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The modern military of the Slovak Republic, a.k.a. {{UsefulNotes/Slovakia}}, was founded in 1993, after the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia. It started operating as a NATO force in 2004, when the country became a member of the alliance. Its official name is ''Ozbrojené sily Slovenskej republiky'' ("The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic").

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The modern military of the Slovak Republic, a.k.a. {{UsefulNotes/Slovakia}}, was founded in 1993, after the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia. It started operating as a NATO {{NATO}} force in 2004, when the country became a member of the alliance. Its official name is ''Ozbrojené sily Slovenskej republiky'' ("The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic").
13th Apr '13 10:24:45 AM ZemplinTemplar
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* TechnicalPacifist : Since the military is small, its role is defensive and it focuses mainly on domestic and foreign disaster relief and NATO and UN peacekeeping missions abroad (most notably in Kosovo, Cyprus, Iraq and Afghanistan).

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* TechnicalPacifist : Since the military is small, its role is defensive and it focuses mainly on domestic and foreign disaster relief and NATO and UN peacekeeping missions abroad (most notably in Kosovo, Cyprus, Iraq {{UsefulNotes/Kosovo}}, {{UsefulNotes/Cyprus}}, {{UsefulNotes/Iraq}} and Afghanistan).{{UsefulNotes/Afghanistan}}).
13th Apr '13 10:16:43 AM ZemplinTemplar
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* CoolPlane : An exact dozen of upgraded MiG 29s ([[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album18 10 "A"s]] and [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album434 2 "UB"s]]) form the country's [[http://www.1sqn.sk/index-tiger-en.htm main fighter wing]] and are to remain in service until the 2020s at the latest. Their future replacements will probably be [[SwedesWithCoolPlanes Swedish]] SAAB JAS 39 Gripens (which are already being used by Czechs and, to an extent, Hungarians). As for jet trainers, the role is filled with the old but reliable Aero L-39 Albatros variants [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album432 CM]] and [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album457 ZAM]]. This is unsurprising, given how it originates [[UsefulNotes/CzechRepublic from right next door]]. [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album350 Sukhoi Su-25s]] were in service until the late 90s and [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album427 Su-22s]] were decomissioned in the early 2000s. Some of the Su-25 Frogfoots were sold to {{UsefulNotes/Armenia}} (you can find a few photos taken shortly after their delivery, where they still have the Slovak coat of arms as their roundel).

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* CoolPlane : An exact dozen of upgraded MiG 29s ([[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album18 10 "A"s]] and [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album434 2 "UB"s]]) form the country's [[http://www.1sqn.sk/index-tiger-en.htm main fighter wing]] and are to remain in service until the 2020s at the latest. Their future replacements will probably be [[SwedesWithCoolPlanes Swedish]] SAAB JAS 39 Gripens (which are already being used by Czechs and, to an extent, Hungarians). As for jet trainers, the role is filled with the old but reliable Aero L-39 Albatros variants (variants [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album432 CM]] and [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album457 ZAM]].ZAM]]). This is unsurprising, given how it originates [[UsefulNotes/CzechRepublic from right next door]]. [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album350 Sukhoi Su-25s]] were in service until the late 90s and [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album427 Su-22s]] were decomissioned in the early 2000s. Some of the Su-25 Frogfoots were sold to {{UsefulNotes/Armenia}} (you can find a few photos taken shortly after their delivery, where they still have the Slovak coat of arms as their roundel).
13th Apr '13 10:15:56 AM ZemplinTemplar
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The backbone of the army are the Ground Forces (''Pozemné sily''), followed by the Air Force (''Vzdušné sily'') and then by various training and support branches. The air force these days is rather small, particularly when compared with the Czech and Polish one, and recently there's been much talk about its modernization (particularly the [[http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sme.sk%2Fc%2F4232523%2Fvlada-potvrdila-ze-nakupi-spartan.html&sl=sk&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 purchase of new transport planes]] and the upkeep of the country's Mig 29s). The disbanding of the domestic air flight academy a few years ago (in order to supposedly [[MoneyDearBoy save on the defence budget expenses]]) [[InternetBackdraft remains controversial to this day]].

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The backbone of the army are the Ground Forces (''Pozemné sily''), followed by the Air Force (''Vzdušné sily'') and then by various training and support branches. The air force these days is rather small, particularly when compared with the Czech and Polish one, and recently there's been much talk about its modernization (particularly the [[http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sme.sk%2Fc%2F4232523%2Fvlada-potvrdila-ze-nakupi-spartan.html&sl=sk&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 purchase of new transport planes]] and the upkeep of the country's Mig MiG 29s). The disbanding of the domestic air flight academy a few years ago (in order to supposedly [[MoneyDearBoy save on the defence budget expenses]]) [[InternetBackdraft remains controversial to this day]].



* CoolPlane : An exact dozen of upgraded MiG 29s form the country's [[http://www.1sqn.sk/index-tiger-en.htm main fighter wing]] and are to remain in service until the 2020s at the latest. Their future replacements will probably be [[SwedesWithCoolPlanes Swedish]] SAAB JAS 39 Gripens (which are already being used by Czechs and, to an extent, Hungarians). As for jet trainers, the role is filled with the old but reliable Aero L-39 Albatros (which is unsurprising, given how it originates [[UsefulNotes/CzechRepublic from right next door]]). Sukhoi Su-25s were in service until the late 90s and Su-22s were decomissioned in the early 2000s. Some of the Su-25 Frogfoots were sold to Armenia (you can find a few photos taken shortly after their delivery, where they still have the Slovak coat of arms as their roundel).
** The Mi-24 attack helicopters are the chopper variety of the trope. Sadly, they're about to be phased out by the beginning of 2012, since their upkeep and modernization was already expensive and there were few of them left anyway. There are plans for a greater budgetary push towards the more useful BoringButPractical Mi-17s and transport planes (including the purchase of Alenia C-27J Spartans to replace the two Antonov An-26 Curls).

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* CoolPlane : An exact dozen of upgraded MiG 29s ([[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album18 10 "A"s]] and [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album434 2 "UB"s]]) form the country's [[http://www.1sqn.sk/index-tiger-en.htm main fighter wing]] and are to remain in service until the 2020s at the latest. Their future replacements will probably be [[SwedesWithCoolPlanes Swedish]] SAAB JAS 39 Gripens (which are already being used by Czechs and, to an extent, Hungarians). As for jet trainers, the role is filled with the old but reliable Aero L-39 Albatros (which variants [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album432 CM]] and [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album457 ZAM]]. This is unsurprising, given how it originates [[UsefulNotes/CzechRepublic from right next door]]). door]]. [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album350 Sukhoi Su-25s Su-25s]] were in service until the late 90s and Su-22s [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album427 Su-22s]] were decomissioned in the early 2000s. Some of the the Su-25 Frogfoots were sold to Armenia {{UsefulNotes/Armenia}} (you can find a few photos taken shortly after their delivery, where they still have the Slovak coat of arms as their roundel).
** The Mi-24 attack helicopters are the chopper variety of the trope. Sadly, they're about to be phased out by the beginning of 2012, since their upkeep and modernization was already expensive and there were few of them left anyway. There are plans for a greater budgetary push towards the more useful BoringButPractical Mi-17s [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album213 Mi-17s]] and transport planes (including the purchase of Alenia C-27J Spartans to replace the [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album280 two Antonov An-26 Curls).Curls]]). Some of the older planes in the [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album458 LET L-410 Turbolet]] [[http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album459 light transport fleet]] had been replaced with new ones in the autumn of 2012. (The exchange didn't go completely smoothly : Some of its circumstances were criticized, i.e. that the purchase seemed to be artificially overpriced.)
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