The Director of the OCCAR Executive Administration Matteo Bisceglia and the Managing Director of Eurosam Eva Bruxmeier signed the contract for the production of the new generation of medium range air defence systems (SAMP/T NG) for France and Italy. The contract was signed on behalf of the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) for French Air Force and SEGREDIFESA for Italian Army.
The development of SAMP/T NG system was launched in cooperation between France and Italy in March 2021. This system implements 2 new generation radars able to track future threats at medium range (the Kronos Grand Mobile High Power of LEONARDO for Italy and the Ground Fire 300 of THALES for France) and a modern engagement module resulting from a fruitful cooperation between THALES and MBDA Italy.
Following the successful preliminary design reviews in 2022, OCCAR, on behalf of DGA and SGD prepared the global production contract to secure the delivery of SAMP/T NG systems for both Nations simultaneously with the global ASTER missiles production contract.
Through an intensive negotiation, OCCAR, with the continuous involvement of EUROSAM, THALES, MBDA Italy and LEONARDO and with the strong support of DGA and SGD built an optimised production contract for both Nations. By this result, OCCAR illustrates again the will of European industries to build a strong European Air Defence system. Following this new success, OCCAR is now preparing another SAMP/T NG production contract for the Italian Air Force.
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