Yuri Kobzar 20:08, 01/13/23
The delivery will be carried out according to a complex scheme with the participation of France.
The Italian government has decided to supply Ukraine with a battery of the SAMP/T anti-aircraft missile system , which has been discussed for several months. This is reported by the publication RID .
According to journalists, Prime Minister Georgia Meloni gave the green light two or three days ago.
In the past two weeks, the supply of this air defense system has remained in doubt due to the position of the military. They were worried that there were only five SAMP/T batteries in service with Italy, one of which is now deployed in Kuwait as part of an international operation against ISIS in the region.
“Strong pressure from Washington” helped push Rome to make a final decision.
According to the publication, the scheme for the supply of anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine will be complex.
“The battery will consist of ‘pieces’ of the Italian system and ‘pieces’ of the French system,” the sources said.
Air defense system SAMP/T
The SAMP / T anti-aircraft missile system is a joint Franco-Italian development, which is based on the ASTER 30 interceptor missile and the Arabel radar system. The main advantage of this air defense system is its ability to shoot down ballistic missiles.
For the first time, Ukraine officially requested SAMP / T complexes in October 2022. At that moment, Russia had already begun a campaign of missile terror against the Ukrainian energy sector.
After that, the question hung in the air. Italy for a long time could not decide to send these weapons, citing some technical difficulties .