The Italian Army signed several contracts in late December 2019 for the acquisition of new high-tech weapon systems. This follows the launch by army chief Lieutenant General Salvatore Farina of five challenges, the fourth of which is ‘capabilities and systems’ aimed at modernising the service’s systems by acquiring advanced weapon systems to offset the lack of financing over the last few years.
The newest system for the Italian Army will be MBDA’s Grifo, which will replace the Aspide-based Skyguard short-range air defence (SHORAD) system currently in service and the operational life of which will end in 2021. The new system, based on the Common Anti-air Modular Missile - Extended Range (CAMM-ER) single-stage supersonic active homing missile, will increase the range from 25 km to more than 40 km.
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