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Russia responds provocatively as Ukrainian allies scramble to send air defence systems

16th December 2022 - 16:30 GMT | by Patrick Aquilina in London


SAMP/T with the Aster 30 Block 1 missile can intercept short-range or theatre ballistic missiles. (Photo: MBDA)

France, Italy and the US have all announced their intention to send additional air defence systems to Ukraine.

France and Italy have taken the decision to send the SAMP/T (Surface-to-Air Missile Platform/Terrain) air defence system to Ukraine. Italy will deliver one of its systems, although the deal required the approval of France as it was jointly developed by the two nations.

Developed by MBDA and Thales under the Eurosam joint venture, the SAMP/T is an autonomous, self-propelled missile system which uses the Aster 30 missile, a member of Eurosam's Aster family.

Aster 30 is designed to defeat aircraft, UAVs, ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and anti-ship missiles at ranges of up to 120km.

According to Shephard Defence

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Patrick Aquilina


Patrick Aquilina

Patrick graduated with a degree in International Relations in 2020, and joined Shephard Media in …

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