Serbian Army


The Serbian Army (Serbian Cyrillic: Копнена војска Србије, romanizedKopnena vojska Srbije, lit.'Serbian Land Army') is the land-based component of the Serbian Armed Forces, responsible for defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia from foreign hostiles; participating in peacekeeping operations; and providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief. Originally established in 1830, the Serbian army was incorporated into the newly established Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes in 1918. The current Serbian army has been active since 2006 when Serbia restored its independence.

Serbian Army
Копнена војска Србије
Kopnena vojska Srbije
Emblem of the Serbian Land Forces.svg
The Serbian Army's coat of arms
Founded19th century
Part of Serbian Armed Forces
Command HQKing Alexander I Square, Niš
Motto(s)"For Freedom and Honour of the Fatherland"
AnniversariesNovember 16
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
Chief of the StaffLt. General
Milosav Simović
Army Sergeant MajorWarrant officer 1st class
Mladen Pupovac
Fld. Marshal Radomir Putnik
Fld. Marshal Stepa Stepanović
Fld. Marshal Živojin Mišić
Fld. Marshal Petar Bojović
Serbian Army flagFlag of the Serbian Land Forces.svg
Serbian Land Force structure[2]


Current statusEdit

The Serbian Army is the largest component of the Serbian Armed Forces. There are approximately 17,850 active members and additional 50,000 in reserves.[3] The army is composed entirely of professionals and volunteers following the suspension of mandatory military service on January 1, 2011.

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th army brigades are tasked with securing the 5 km (2.5 mi) wide Ground Safety Zone (GSZ) along the border between Serbia and Kosovo[a]. The Ground Safety Zone extends 384 kilometres long and covers a total area of about 1,920 square kilometres. There are over 20 camps and security checkpoints in the zone.[4]

There are plans to increase the Serbian army's involvement in humanitarian and peacekeeping operations abroad.[5][6]

Serbian Army HQ in Niš


Graduation ceremony of the Military Academy's 134th class in front of the National Assembly in Belgrade, 2013
Serbian soldiers units together with NATO and partner nations Moldova and Montenegro during Combined Resolve IV exercise at the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, (Germany), May 21, 2015.
Serbian, Belarusian and Russian units at the Rayevsky training ground during exercise Slavic Brotherhood , Novorossiysk, Russia, 2018

Following the 2019 reorganization, the Serbian Army consists of six primary brigades, six independent battalions, and the Technical Overhauling Institute and Multinational Operations Training Centre. The four army brigades are larger than a conventional modern brigade, their size is more akin to a division.[citation needed] That follows from the fact that each army brigade consists of ten battalions, unlike conventional modern brigade which consist of 3–6 battalions. Those 10 battalions are: 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 defense battalion, one engineering battalion and one logistic battalion.

Serbian Army – major combat units
green pin – army brigades
  •   Army Command (Niš)
    •   3rd Military Police Battalion (Niš)
    •   5th Military Police Battalion (Belgrade)
    •   246th NBC Battalion (Kruševac)
    •   21st Signal Battalion (Niš)
    •   T–72M Tank Battalion (Niš)
    •   Armoured Reconnaissance Battalion (Niš)
    •   1st Brigade (Novi Sad)
      • 10th Command Battalion
      • 11th Infantry Battalion
      • 111th Infantry Battalion
      • 12th Self-Propelled Artillery Battalion
      • 13th Self-Propelled Multiple Rocket Launcher Artillery Battalion
      • 14th Air-defense Artillery Battalion
      • 15th Tank battalion
      • 16th Mechanized Battalion
      • 17th Mechanized Battalion
      • 18th Engineer Battalion
      • 19th Logistic Battalion
    •   2nd Brigade (Kraljevo)
      • 20th Command Battalion
      • 21st Infantry Battalion
      • 22nd Infantry Battalion
      • 23rd Self-Propelled Artillery Battalion
      • 24th Self-Propelled Multiple Rocket Launcher Artillery Battalion
      • 25th Air-defense Artillery Battalion
      • 26th Tank Battalion
      • 27th Mechanized Battalion
      • 28th Mechanized Battalion
      • 29th Logistic Battalion
      • 210th Engineer Battalion
    •   3rd Brigade (Niš)
      • 30th Command Battalion
      • 31st Infantry Battalion
      • 32nd Infantry Battalion
      • 33rd Self-Propelled Howitzer Artillery Battalion
      • 34th Multiple Multiple Rocket Launcher Artillery Battalion
      • 35th Air-defense Artillery Battalion
      • 36th Tank Battalion
      • 37th Mechanized Battalion
      • 38th Mechanized Battalion
      • 39th Logistic Battalion
      • 310th Engineer Battalion
    •   4th Brigade (Vranje)
      • 40th Command Battalion
      • 41st Infantry Battalion
      • 42nd Infantry Battalion
      • 43rd Self-Propelled Howitzer Artillery Battalion
      • 44th Self-Propelled Multiple Rocket Launcher Artillery Battalion
      • 45th Air-defense Artillery Battalion
      • 46th Tank Battalion
      • 47th Mechanized Battalion
      • 48th Mechanized Battalion
      • 49th Logistic Battalion
      • 410th Engineer Battalion
    •   Mixed Artillery Brigade (Niš)
      • Command Battalion
      • 1st Howitzer-Cannon Artillery Battalion
      • 2nd Howitzer-Cannon Artillery Battalion
      • 3rd Cannon Artillery Battalion
      • 4th Cannon Artillery Battalion
      • Self-propelled Cannon and Howitzer Artillery Battalion
      • Mixed Missile Artillery Battalion
      • 69th Logistics Battalion
    •   River Flotilla (Novi Sad)
      • Command Company
      • 1st River Detachment
      • 2nd River Detachment
      • 1st Pontoon Battalion
      • 2nd Pontoon Battalion
      • Logistic Company
    •   Multinational Operations Training Centre (Bujanovac)
    •   Technical Overhaul Institute “Čačak” (Čačak)


M-84AS1 main battle tank

Unmanned ground vehiclesEdit

Miloš (unmanned ground vehicle)

Miloš (unmanned ground vehicle) 5 delivered in 2020 more on order.[7]

Armoured fighting vehiclesEdit

Lazar 3 multi-role military vehicle

At the end of 2018 Serbian army had 434 tanks, this number will be increased by 30 T-72 tanks which are to be donated by Russia.[8]


Nora B52 155mm Self-propelled howitzer



Pantsir S1 & FK-3 Systems

Small armsEdit

Zastava M93 anti-material rifle

See alsoEdit


a.   ^ The political status of Kosovo is disputed. Having unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, it is formally recognised as an independent state by 97 UN member states (with another 15 recognising it at some point but then withdrawing recognition), while Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory.


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External linksEdit

  • Official website
  • Official website of the Ministry of Defence of Serbia