09 June 2016 Army Recognition
Italy has deployed SAMP/T surface-to-air defense missile system on the Turkish-Syrian border s part of NATO's package of assistance measures set to be fully applied prior to the July 8-9 Warsaw Summit. The Italian air defense system will replace the German Patriot missile systems that finished their three-year, mandated mission.
Along with the SAMP-Ts, sources have confirmed that NATO will also provide Turkey with an additional Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) by July.
NATO has decided to deploy the Patriot missile air defense system in Turkey again after Russian Aerospace Defence Forces' jet repeatedly violated its airspace, the Turkish Haber7 newspaper reported Feb. 1.
Patriot missile air defense system was deployed in Turkey at the request of Ankara in 2012 to protect the country against a possible missile attack from Syria. However, some areas of Turkey still were subject to missile attacks from Syria.
The SAMP/T also called MAMBA in the French army is a theatre anti-missile system designed to protect the battlefield and sensitive tactical sites (such as airports and sea ports) against all current and future airborne threats, including cruise missiles, manned and unmanned aircraft and tactical ballistic missiles in the 600 km range class.
On 6 March 2013, the Italian Army and the French Air Force deployed their SAMP/T medium range air defence systems for the first time within a NATO architecture in successfully intercepting a target representative of a theatre ballistic missile.
The Aster 30 missile from the SAMP/T air defense system has the capability to intercept targets at altitudes from 50 m to 20 km. against aircraft targets flying at altitudes above 3 km, the maximum range of the Aster 30 is 100 km. At aircraft targets with altitudes below 3 km, the range of Aster 30 is 50 km.