Turkey could buy SAMP/T air defense missile system from Italy

According to information published by Defence and Technology on November 1, 2021, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkey could be interested in the SAMP/T air defense missile system but just with his Italian partners.
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SAMP/T air defense missile system (Picture source: Eurosam)

Indeed Ismail Demir said that there is a possibility that the project continue without Paris due to political conflicts between Turkey and France in Libya and in Eastern Mediterranean.

The SAMP/T also called MAMBA in the French army is a mobile medium-range air defense missile system designed to protect the battlefield and sensitive tactical sites (such as airports and seaports) against all current and future airborne threats, including cruise missiles, manned and unmanned aircraft, and tactical ballistic missiles in the 600 km range class.

The SAMP/T uses Aster 30 block 1 missiles which are equipped with a modified seeker, fuse, signal processing, and a directional blast warhead where larger warhead fragments are directed towards the target.

The Aster 30 has the capability to intercept targets at altitudes from 50 m to 20 km. against aircraft targets flying at altitudes above 3 km, the maximum range of the Aster 30 is 100 km. At aircraft targets with altitudes below 3 km, the range of Aster 30 is 50 km.

ASTER is a two-stage missile, a concept that leads to the maximum effectiveness of the interceptor stage. The solid propellant booster ensures the optimum shaping of the missile’s trajectory in the direction of the target and separates a few seconds after the vertical launch.

Up to its mid-course, the weapon is inertially guided, using refreshed target data transmitted by the engagement module through the multi-function radar. During the homing phase, guidance is achieved by an electromagnetic active seeker providing a highly accurate capability in all weathers.