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French Ambassador visits unit using Franco-Italian air defense system

Aug 3, 2023

On Thursday, French Ambassador to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins spoke about his visit to one of the Ukrainian units that uses the Franco-Italian SAMP/T air defense system to protect against Russian attacks.

The diplomat wrote about it on Twitter.

"I visited a Ukrainian unit that uses the Franco-Italian SAMP-T system. This system helps to protect the population and troops of Ukraine from attacks by Russian drones and missiles," de Poncins said.

He added that he had a "sincere exchange of views" with the military and called SAMP/T "a confirmation of France's support in the fight against the Russian aggressor."


"We thank the Ukrainian Air Force," the diplomat concluded.

SAMP/T-MAMBA is Europe's first long-range anti-missile system. It can destroy enemy aircraft at a range of 3 to 100 kilometers and ballistic missiles at a range of 3 to 25 kilometers, with a kill height of up to 25 kilometers.

SAMP/T was developed by the European consortium Eurosam (MBDA Italy, MBDA France, Thales). The system is in service in Italy, France and Singapore.

Author - Olena Madiak, 03/08/2023

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