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Slovakia to send air defense system Patriot to Ukraine – Corriere della Sera

Patriot
A Patriot system of the German Air Force in August 2013. Illustrative image: Wikipedia

Slovakia will provide Ukraine with a surface-to-air missile system Patriot if Italy supplies Slovakia with SAMP/T anti-aircraft system, according to Corriere della Sera.

Italy’s government considers handing Slovakia one of its anti-aircraft systems SAMP/T, which was jointly developed by France and Italy, Corriera della Sera reports. Slovakia intends to help Ukraine strengthen its air defense with a missile system Patriot, but needs an adequate replacement.

Currently, Slovakia and Italy are in the process of finalizing the delivery of SAMP/T anti-aircraft system, according to Corriere della Sera.

Moreover, Italy and France plan to send SAMP/T anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine, Italy’s Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani announced on 21 January. SAMP/T is considered a highly effective system for defense against fighter jets and missiles.

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