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Thursday, March 14, 2013

First European interceptor passes military defence test

On 6 March, the French/Italian SAMP/T surface-to-air missile system successfully engaged and destroyed a theatre ballistic missile target in a live-fire test at the French Firing Range in Biscarrosse and proved its ability to work with NATO's interim Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) command and control system.

After several successful tests conducted with the NATO BMD Integration Test Bed, this live firing event linked the actual SAMP/T system to the NATO BMD chain of command.

It was the final test of the SAMP/T system's capability and interoperability with NATO command and control ahead of the planned adding of the system to the inventory of NATO missile defence assets in late 2013.

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