The Italian authorities is readying a brand new arms package deal for Ukraine together with air protection system missiles. Western nations have been delivering extra air protection {hardware} to Ukraine since President Volodymyr Zelenskiy final month requested the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) nations for assist to cease Russian missiles raining down on Ukrainian cities. Reuters reported that the Italian coalition official, who declined to be named, mentioned Italian authorities was prepared to offer Ukraine with a wide range of air-defense techniques, together with the medium-range Franco-Italian SAMP/T and Italian Aspide, in addition to manportable Stinger missiles.

Italian Military SAMP/T Aster 30 medium vary air protection system. (Photograph by Esercito Italiano)

The SAMP/T (Sol-Air Moyenne-Portée/Terrestre, Floor-to-Air Medium-Vary/Land-based) air protection missile system was developed by EUROSAM, a three way partnership by MBDA France and Italy, and Thales. The system can have interaction bigger plane at a spread of as much as 120 km. Vary in opposition to ballistic and anti-radiation missiles is 15 km. The SAMP/T was deployed operationally by the French Military and Air Drive, in addition to Italian Military in 2011. Although Italian Air Drive makes use of a special MEADS air protection system. The SAMP/T replaces in service all present medium-range air protection techniques. Moreover the SAMP/T has demonstrated its functionality in opposition to tactical ballistic missiles.


Italian Army Aspide medium range surface-to-air missile
Italian Military Aspide medium vary surface-to-air missile. (Photograph by Esercito Italiano)

The Aspide (the Italian identify for the asp) is an Italian medium vary air-to-air and surface-to-air missile produced by Selenia (then by Alenia Aeronautica, now part of Leonardo S.p.A.). It is supplied with semi-active radar homing seeker. It is vitally just like the American AIM-7 Sparrow, utilizing the identical airframe, however makes use of an inverse monopulse seeker that’s much more correct and far much less prone to ECM than the unique conical scanning model. Nevertheless, the Aspide had unique electronics and warhead, and a brand new and extra highly effective engine. Closed-loop hydraulics had been additionally substituted for Sparrow’s open-loop kind, which gave Aspide higher downrange maneuverability.

Italian Army FIM-92 Stinger man-portable air-defense system
Italian Military FIM-92 Stinger man-portable air-defense system. (Photograph by Esercito Italiano)

The FIM-92 Stinger is an American man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) that operates as an infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM). It may be tailored to fireside from all kinds of floor automobiles, and from helicopters because the Air-to-Air Stinger (ATAS). It entered service in 1981 and is utilized by the militaries of the USA and 29 different international locations. It’s principally manufactured by Raytheon Missiles & Protection and is produced beneath license by Airbus Defence and Area in Germany and by Roketsan in Turkey. In February 2022, Italy introduced that they had been offering Stinger missiles to the Ukrainian forces defending in opposition to the Russian invasion.