The Italian armed forces have a battery of SAMP / T air defense missile system deployed to Kuwait as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operational name of a US military for the international military intervention against ISIL, comprising both a campaign in Iraq and a campaign in Syria, with a closely linked campaign in Libya.
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The Italian Armed Forces SAMP / T air defense missile system is deployed in Kuwait. (Source photo Italian Armed Forces)
The deployment of Italian SAMP / T The air defense missile system is part of bilateral cooperation agreements with Kuwait, to expand the range of integrated air defense assets and capabilities deployed in the region as part of Operation “Inherent Resolve / Prima Parthica “, for which the Italian National Air Command guarantees uniqueness of command and logistical support.
The SAMP / T is an air defense missile system jointly developed by the companies Eurosam, MBDA and Thales. The SAMP / T uses the Aster surface-to-air missile which is effective against high speed air threats as tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, fighter jets and UAS (Unmanned Aerial System). Development of the missile began in 1990 with the first series production in 1997.
The SAMP / T air defense missile system entered service with the Italian and French army in July 2008. According to the 2020 military report, the Italian armed forces have a total of 20 SAMP / T launch units. A SAMP / T battery consists of six transporter launcher-fitter units with eight missiles, a command and control post, a radar vehicle, a generator vehicle, a maintenance and repair vehicle.
The maximum speed of the Aster 30 missiles is 1.4 km / s. The Aster 30 has the ability to intercept targets at altitudes of 50 m to 20 km. against aerial targets flying at altitudes above 3 km, the maximum range of the Aster 30 is 100 km. At aerial targets located at altitudes below 3 km, the range of the Aster 30 is 50 km.