Italy joins Aster 30 Development Program

Looking to modernize its air and ballistic missile defense force, Italy has joined France in backing Eurosam’s development of the Aster 30 Block 1 NT (B1NT) missile for the SAMP/T air defense system currently fielded by both nations. The B1NT is an extended range variant that increases the interceptor’s anti-ballistic missile capabilities, allowing it to engage both short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. Additionally, the ship-based variant will offer protection against anti-ship ballistic missiles. The Aster 30 system is used by a number of nations aside from France and Italy, including the United Kingdom, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Morocco, Singapore, and Algeria.

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Missile Defense Project, "Italy joins Aster 30 Development Program," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, January 24, 2017, last modified June 15, 2018,