Italy to deliver Ukraine SAMP/T air defense missile system within next two months

According to information published by the International Press Agency Reuters on February 3, 2023, Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani announced that the SAMP/T air defense missile system jointly developed by Italy and France will be delivered to Ukraine within the next two months.
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TEL Transporter Erector Launcher truck of SAMP/T air defense missile system. (Picture source Army Recognition)

Citing information from the Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, Italy expects that the SAMP/T air defense missile system will be operational within seven to eight weeks.

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy continues to request the United States to provide more air defense systems following the recent Russian aerial and missile attacks against the Ukrainian armed forces and the main cities of Ukraine.

Citing information from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, at the beginning of this month, the Russian armed forces launched several S-300 missiles against the city of Kramatorsk in the northern portion of Donetsk Oblast. Russian Iskander ballistic missiles were also launched in different areas within Ukrainian territory.

The SAMP/T (French acronym of Sol-Air Moyenne Portée Terrestre - Ground to Air for Land Medium Range) is a Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile system developed by the European consortium Eurosam. The system is designed to provide air defense against a wide range of aerial threats, including aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and cruise missiles. The primary target of SAMP/T is to provide protection to military forces, critical infrastructure, and populated areas against air attacks.

The SAMP/T is able to fire Aster 30 missiles, which are capable of intercepting aerial threats at ranges of up to 300 kilometers and altitudes of up to 30 kilometers. The system is mobile, allowing it to be deployed to different locations as needed, and features both passive and active electronic countermeasures to defend against enemy attempts to jam or spoof the system.

The SAMP/T uses a modernized version of the Arabel radar offering more performance and combat capabilities against higher speed targets and higher altitude targets. It can track up to 100 targets simultaneously and manage the uplink transmission of command update data to 16 missiles simultaneously.