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May 24 2022

France reinforces Battle Group Forward Presence in Romania

SHAPE, Belgium – The French Armed Forces are reinforcing NATO's multinational Battle Group Forward Presence (BG FP) in Romania with the SAMP/T surface-to-air missile defence system, or MAMBA in support of the Alliance's initiative to deter and defend the Eastern flank of Europe as a result of Russia's attack on Ukraine.

Since May 16, the French Armed Forces have been deploying the MAMBA last generation medium-range surface-to-air system as well as a centre of defence management in the 3rd dimension in Romania. This initiative shows the capacity for Allies France to protect and reinforce this area of importance for the Alliance.

Implemented by approximately one hundred airmen, the MAMBA is a sophisticated weapon system that can ensure protection to the forces operating within the area. In order to enhance the system's efficiency and to meet the needs of the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD), it is connected and integrated to the Romanian and NATO defence systems through a tactical data liaison.

Since May 1, 2022, the multinational battlegroup was set up with France as the framework nation supported by an alternating company of either Belgian or Dutch troops. It is part of the four additional battlegroups deployed by NATO to its Eastern flank along with Slovakia, Hungary and Bulgaria.

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the MAMBA is a sophisticated weapon system that can ensure protection to the forces operating within the area

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