Ethiopia Buy Air Defense System from France
A report published this week by one of the top French news provider, says Ethiopia is seeking to purchase weapons worth more than 4 billion Eu from France on a long term credit basis.
The report makes a reference to a letter, which it published, that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wrote to the French President Emmanuel Macron requesting support “strengthen the Ethiopian Air Force.”
VL MICA can be land and sea based. Missiles of this system can intercept a target at an altitude of up to 10 km.
The SAMP-T anti-aircraft missile system is designed to provide air defense of troops and mechanized formations on the march, as well as to cover objects from a wide range of aerial targets – starting from tactical cruise missiles to all types of aircraft and helicopters.
The French-made system is being used in France and Italy and is an important element of the unified NATO missile defense system designed to intercept ballistic missiles.
SAMP-T has a high rate of fire and minimal response time (8 missiles can be launched in just 10 seconds), while the complex is able to simultaneously accompany up to 10 different targets and is controlled by a crew of 2 people.