March 6 at joint exercises of ground troops in Italy and the French Air Force air defense missile system of medium-range SAMP / T successfully destroyed a ballistic missile defense-aerospace.com reported March 7. It was the first interception of ballistic targets in the framework of a unified NATO missile defense system in Europe.
Purpose flew about 300 km, before was destroyed antimissile Aster 30. Gunnery as part of the test system technical and operational evaluation was conducted on the ground missile test center in Biscarosse DGA (southwest France) with the role of the staff of the 4th Artillery Regiment Italian Army (unchangeable disposition place in Mantua, Italy) and the French Air Force test center (constant dislocation in Mont-de-Marsan, France). In October of 2010 and November of 2011 were carried out similar tests.
SAM SAMP / T (in the French Air Force is designated MAMBA) able to lead radial fire at 360 degrees, has a modular design and highly maneuverable missiles. This system, consisting in service in Italy and France, is the principal contribution of these states to the creation of NATO missile defense system set up to intercept ballistic missiles in the European theater (theater).