France, Italy update joint air defense weapon for faster missiles

France, Italy update joint air defense weapon for faster missiles

PARIS – France and Italy have announced their cooperation on a new generation of the SAMP / T anti-aircraft system that they developed at the beginning of this century to give it new capabilities.

Florence Parly, French Minister of the Armed Forces, and her Italian counterpart Lorenzo Guerini jointly welcomed the launch of the new program on March 24.

The SAMP / T, developed by the Franco-Italian consortium Eurosam, is used by the Air and Space Force and by the Italian Army to provide a medium-range ground-to-air defense capability against aircraft and some ballistic missiles. It has been operationally deployed within the framework of NATO. It consists of a multifunction fire control radar, a ground launch system and Aster 30 B1 missiles.

The new SAMP / T NG program will evolve the current system to better respond to new threats that are “faster, more maneuverable, more stealthy and used in combination with cyber attacks, decoys, multiple jamming and threat scenarios. ‘saturation attack,’ the DGA France supply agency said in a statement.

The program will modernize the fire control system by integrating the latest active matrix radar technology with electronic scanning adapted to the greater range of the future Aster 30 B1 NT Extended Capability missile, under development by the two countries since 2016.

The DGA says the new capabilities will also enhance the SAMP / T’s contribution to NATO ballistic missile defense.

OCCAR, which manages the program on behalf of the DGA for France and the Italian armaments directorate SGD, notified Eurosam of the contract on March 19.


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