The SAMP/T truck-mounted mobile air defence system of consortium EUROSAM (Thales and MBDA) has received an international award.
On 6 October 2015, at its annual multinational conference on ballistic missile defence, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), on the proposal of the international programme committee, presented the Technology Pioneer Award to the French and Italian teams behind the SAMP/T extended air defence system.
The purpose of the test was to demonstrate the ballistic missile defence capability of the SAMP/T system and in particular its interoperability with NATO systems via Link 16 for joint and allied operations.
The test was conducted at the French Ministry of Defence’s missile test range in Biscarrosse, France by the 4th Artillery Regiment of the Italian Army and the Air Warfare Center (CEAM) of French Air Force. Contributions were made by various French MoD and NATO facilities as well as a surface ship of U.S. Navy. SAMP/T is in service with the Italian Army and French Air Force (locally designated Mamba).
SAMP/T is composed of 8×8 high-mobility truck-mounted vertical launchers for up to eight MBDA Aster 30 Block 1 missiles, 8×8 truck-mounted fire control unit equipped with Thales ARABEL radar, 8×8 truck-mounted command and control module, as well other associated vehicles and systems.
The ARABEL ensures 360° engagement and detection coverage and is able to track 100 trajectories and engage ten of them simultaneously. It is also self-adaptable to its environment and resistant to electronic counter-countermeasures (ECCM). The ARABEL can control up to 48 ready-to-fire MBDA France Aster 30 Block 1 missiles via 6 launchers