The Minister of Defense of France Sébastien Lecornu informed on February 3, 2023, on Twitter, that France and Italy approved the decision to transfer the SAMP/T (christened MAMBA by the French Air Force) medium-range air defense systems to Ukraine.
Source: The Minister of Defense of France Sébastien Lecornu
“With Guido Crosetto [the Minister of Defense of Italy – ed.] we have decided to deliver to Ukraine in the spring of 2023 a SAMP/T-MAMBA air defense system. This system will make it possible to protect civilian populations and infrastructures against Russian attacks, what I said to the Minister of Defense to Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov,” tweeted Sébastien Lecornu.
MAMBA – is an analogue of the American Patriot air defense system. Ukraine will be able to counter a wide range of air threats: short-range ballistic missiles, fighter jets, helicopters, drones, and even salvo of cruise aircraft, as well as rockets with several shots with the help of this air defense system, its radars and launchers, and eight Aster missiles with a range of about 100 km.