Should Ukraine “exchange” the Exocet anti-ship missile for SAMP-T SAM?

With Harpoon anti-ship missiles, the issue of “closing the sky” is now more important than the supply of means of defeating enemy targets in the Black Sea

French Defense Minister Sebastian Lecornu said the country was considering transferring Exocet anti-ship missiles – most likely an Exocet Mobile Coastal (EMC) shore battery with Exocet MM40 missiles.

On the one hand, the news that Ukraine may receive another anti-ship weapon can be considered positive. On the other hand, we should ask ourselves whether we need another anti-ship system, when we already have Harpoon , which works together with the domestic “Neptune”, and France, in addition to the RCC, has more interesting weapons options to strengthen the Armed Forces of Ukraine. ?

It is worth starting with the fact that the Exocet missile has not only the most powerful version of Block 3, which has a range, according to the manufacturer, 200 km, can hit sea targets at different angles, and can hit ground targets, but also much “modest” “versions of Block 1 and Block 2, the range of which, according to various sources, does not exceed 75 km

And there is in fact a high probability that if France decides to hand over these RCCs to us, the Armed Forces will receive a version of the missile with a range of up to 75 km. How valuable such an enhancement will be is quite controversial, given that we already have a Harpoon with a range of about 125-140 km and a Neptune that hits 280 km.

At the same time, it is interesting to note that, according to the original source , France is considering the supply of these anti-ship missiles in response to a request from the Ukrainian side.

That is, the French are responding to the request of the Ukrainian side, and here we could assume that instead of Harpoon they could be asked for another system. First of all, in this context, it is worth mentioning the SAMP-T anti-aircraft missile system, which will now be more relevant for Ukraine than another anti-ship system.

After all, the SAMP-T complex is quite mobile, as well as able to intercept ballistic targets and in general should be very valuable for the Armed Forces in today’s conditions.

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