EUROSAM, MBDA and Thales have signed in service support (ISS) contracts with the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation’s (OCCAR) FSAF–PAAMS Programme Division.

The new contract represents the second major milestone of the ISS contracts renewal.

The new ISS#3 contract is for a period of five years, starting from 2023 to 2027.

Under the latest contract, the companies will provide spares and perform repairs for sol-air moyenne portée/terrestre (SAMP/T), principal anti air missile systems (PAAMS), sistema anti-air missile-Italia (SAAM/IT), SAAM/FR systems and ASTER munitions.

The SAMP/T air defence system is produced by EUROSAM, a Franco Italian consortium co-owned by MBDA and Thales.

It offers protection against tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, combat aircraft and uncrewed combat air vehicles.

In an announcement on OCCAR website, Thales and FSAF-PAAMS PD were able to hold talks on an additional work package.

This package covers contractual upgrade to improve the operational availability of the Module Radar Identification (MRI).

In August this year, the COTS & Services framework contract will be signed. The competition is open for the European small to medium-sized enterprises (SME).

France and Italy are nearing the technical details to supply Ukraine with a SAMP/T air defence system, reported Reuters.

The French Armed Forces ministry announced that France and Italy signed a contract to acquire up to 700 ASTER missiles, the news agency reported.

In 2021, EUROSAM signed a contract for production of the mid-life refurbishment of ASTER missiles for Italy and the UK. In the previous year, it signed a contract for the French ASTER missiles.