Statement by President Erdogan on SAMP/T Air Defense System

Statement by President Erdogan on the SAMPT Air Defense System
Statement by President Erdogan on the SAMPT Air Defense System

After the tete-a-tete meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, the Intergovernmental Summit Session and the signing ceremony of the agreements, a joint press conference was held. Asked whether the issue of the SAMP/T air defense system has come to the fore, President Erdoğan stated that he emphasized that SAMP/T is of great importance between Italy, France and Turkey.

Expressing that they discussed the issue in detail with French President Emmanuel Macron at the latest NATO summit, President Erdoğan said:

“They said, 'I will also discuss this issue with Mr. Draghi'. I said, 'Mr. Draghi will visit Turkey and I will meet too' and we discussed the issue again in our bilateral meeting today. Our defense ministers have dealt with it in the same way and we want to come to the signing phase on SAMP/T as soon as possible. We want to sign them because this is of great importance for our defense systems as well. We have a full agreement with the Prime Minister on this issue, and there is no problem. Likewise, we have an agreement with Macron on this issue. I hope that we can sign the signatures as soon as possible and move on.” made statements.

As reported by the BBC, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the NATO Summit in March 2022, announced that the cooperation between Turkey-France-Italy would be revived, and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who answered the questions of the journalists on his return, said that within the scope of the cooperation of the three countries, EUROSAM SAMP He stated that /T.


SAMP/T system; Eurosam is an air defense missile system jointly developed by MBDA and Thales companies. SAMP/T; It uses Aster-15 and Aster-30 air defense missiles, which are effective against threats such as ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, warplanes and UAV / SİHA.

The SAMP/T air defense missile system was put into service in the Italian and French armies in July 2008. As of 2020, the Italian armed forces have a total of 20 SAMP/T units. A SAMP/T battery works in coordination with 8 launch vehicles each carrying missiles, 1 command and control unit, 1 radar vehicle, 1 generator vehicle and 1 maintenance and repair vehicle.

Aster missiles used by SAMP/T are in active use by England as well as France and Italy. The Aster-15 used for medium altitude has a range of 30+ km, a maximum altitude of 13 km, a maximum speed of 3 Mach and a weight of 310 kg, while the Aster-30 used for high-altitude and long-range targets has a range of 120 km, a maximum altitude of 20 km, a maximum speed of 4.5 Mach and has a weight of 450 kg.

Source: defenceturk

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