Italy plans its first SAMP/T deployment abroad

The Italian government is seriously considering deploying air defense assets in Turkey. An Italian team is currently in Turkey to assess the sending of SAMP/T fire unit in Kahramanmaras, a site previously hosting Patriot units. This would constitute a significant political decision from Italy to support a fellow NATO Nation, as well as the first deployment of SAMP/T outside Italy for an operational mission.

The Italian Army fields 5 SAMP/T batteries in its air defence regiment in Mantova.