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16:16 03 May 2024

United to win: Italy plans to provide Ukraine with air defense system in new military aid package

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Italy plans to announce the ninth package of military aid to Ukraine before the G7 summit, which will begin on June 13. The air defense system will be handed over to the Ukrainian army.

La Repubblica writes about this with reference to its sources.

The package will include the SAMP/T anti-aircraft missile system. Rome currently has only one unit available, which was previously lent to Slovakia. The defense forces will receive this one.

It is assumed that artillery, Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems, and long-range Storm Shadow missiles may also be transferred to Ukraine.

It is worth noting that one SAMP/T air defense system has already been deployed in Ukraine.

SAMP/T is a surface-to-air missile system used to defend mechanized units and protect critical stationary objects from a large-scale attack by various types of air targets. According to "Militarnyi," the system has a maximum target detection range of 80 kilometers and is capable of launching eight missiles within 10 seconds.

As reported by the Italian media, the SAMP/T air defense system can protect against drone, missile, and aircraft attacks and is Italy's most significant contribution to Ukraine's security.

As reported by the media, the complex is worth 700 million euros and is equipped with Aster missiles, each costing between 400,000 and two million euros. Italy currently possesses only five such complexes, with one already deployed in Slovakia to defend NATO's eastern border.

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As previously reported by Rubryka, Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, met with his Italian colleague Antonio Tajani. They discussed how Italy can help strengthen Ukraine's air defense.

 

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