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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): May 2008
Total Production: 15
Also Known As: Mamba, SAMP/T Block 1 and Sol Air Moyenne Portee Terrestre
Origin: France and Italy
Corporations: Leonardo-Finmeccanica, MBDA, SELEX ES and Thales
Parent System: SAMP/T
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): May 2008
Total Production: 15
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Description: The SAMP/T is a mobile, ground-based, air transportable, medium range air defense system designed to replace the Hawk air defense systems in the Italian and French Armed Forces. It comprises basically a ground control station/target engagement module, a 10 tons class truck-mounted Arabel radar, and up to six launcher vehicles carrying eight Aster 30 missiles each. Each Aster 30 missile is stored in a single sealed canister which eventually becomes its vertical launch ramp.

MBDA has designed the air defense system to operate in extreme clutter and electronic countermeasures environments. Interoperability with other NATO air defense systems is another key for the SAMP/T program. The entire system is expected to be airlifted by the latest NATO tactical transport aircraft such as the Airbus A400M and Lockheed-Martin C-130J Super Hercules deploying them anywhere around the globe.

The SAMP/T will protect the bases of the Italian and French air forces from a wide range of airborne threats. The Armies of Italy and France may use this air defense system to defend other high value assets as well as ground armored formations. In addition to aerodynamic threats such as fixed and rotary wing aircraft and cruise missiles, SAMP/T will be capable of defeating Theater Ballistic Missiles (TBMs) and Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs) thanks to Aster 30 missile advanced performance.

In July 2005, the SAMP/T fired successfully the first Aster 30 missile against a simulated combat aircraft by a C-22 drone at the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) test range at the Landais, France. Once completed the firings qualification campaign, the air defense system is expected to enter service with the Italian Army in 2007/2008 (the French Army may declare SAMP/T operational at the same time). Thereafter, the French Air Force and the French Army are expected to declare their SAMP/T systems operational by 2010.

SAMP-T Specifications

Crew: 14
Tracked Aerial Targets: 130
Weapon Max Range: 120,000 meter
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)


There are 14 news between
29 Sep 2003 and 14 Jun 2016
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016Italy Joins France's Aster 30 Block 1 NT Missile Program
Thursday, January 14, 2016France Launches Aster Block 1 NT Anti-Ballistic Missile Program
Friday, March 8, 2013SAMP/T Air Defense System Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Threat Using Aster Block 1 Missile
Friday, July 13, 2012French Armed Forces Deploy CMD3D Air Defense Management Center
Thursday, November 25, 2010Aster 30 Block 1 Missile Intercepts Ballistic Missile Successfully
Friday, July 17, 2009MBDA and Bumar Sign Agreement for Future Polish Air Defense System
Monday, June 15, 2009French Air Force Takes Delivery of First SAMP-T Air Defense System
Friday, December 12, 2008New Firing Success for ASTER Surface-to-Air Missile with SAMP/T Air Defense System
Friday, May 30, 2008Italy Confirms Operational Capability of SAMP-T
Wednesday, October 12, 2005ASTER 30 Test Program Scores Another Success

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Grand Total 152
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