Ukrainian anti-aircraft gunners head for SAMP/T Mamba air defense system training

5 February, 06:45 PM
SAMP/T-Mamba ground-to-air system (Photo:Kevin.B/Wikipedia)

SAMP/T-Mamba ground-to-air system (Photo:Kevin.B/Wikipedia)

Anti-aircraft missile troops of the Armed Forces have already left for training in the operation of SAMP/T anti-missile systems, which will take place in France and Italy, the Ukrainian Air Force press service reported on Telegram on Feb. 5.

Both France and Italy have expressed their readiness to deliver SAMP/T anti-missile systems to Ukraine in the spring.

“I immediately ordered to send the necessary number of units of anti-aircraft missile forces for training. And they are already on their way,” said the commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, Lieutenant General Mykola Oleshchuk.

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“We are looking forward to our specialists’ return in the spring, as they will come back to Ukraine not empty-handed, but with knowledge, skills, and SAMP/T Mamba systems themselves,” the commander added.

France and Italy agreed on technical issues regarding the transfer of the SAMP/T anti-missile defense system to Kyiv. It will be deployed in Ukraine in the spring of 2023.

It was reported earlier that France and Italy signed a contract for the purchase of up to 700 missiles for SAMP/T anti-aircraft missile systems.

At the end of December, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held talks with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, as a result of which he announced the agreement on the transfer of air defense systems to Ukraine. In January, it became known that Rome and Paris were already finalizing preparations for sending the SAMP/T systems.

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