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Italy may soon send another SAMP/T air defense system to Ukraine - Reuters

Italy may soon send another SAMP/T air defense system to Ukraine - Reuters Photo: SAMP/T air defense system (Getty Images)
Author: Daryna Vialko

Ukraine may receive another SAMP/T air defense system from Italy to protect itself from Russian shelling, according to Reuters.

As Reuters informs, Italy may send a second SAMP/T air defense system to Ukraine in response to Kyiv's request for greater assistance to protect against Russian missile attacks.

SAMP/T is the only European-made system capable of intercepting ballistic missiles. It can track dozens of targets and intercept them simultaneously.

According to preliminary data, Ukraine will receive the SAMP/T system, which is deployed in Kuwait but is expected to return to Italy soon.


The SAMP/T, also known as Mamba, is a medium-range ground-launched air defense system. It was developed by the Franco-Italian Eurosam consortium.

It is designed to protect battlefields and important tactical targets from air threats, including cruise missiles, manned and unmanned aerial vehicles, and short-range ballistic missiles (up to 600 km).

Strengthening air defense in Ukraine

After intensified Russian shelling of Ukrainian territory, the Ukrainian air defense system was significantly depleted. Russia strikes cities using ballistic missiles, which can be intercepted by Patriot and SAMP/T systems. Earlier, Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba stated that Ukraine needs additional air defense systems Patriot and SAMP/T.