Italy is a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and is considered a main middle power and regional power with its political, military, social, and economic influence in Europe.
Italy participates in development of MEADS (Medium Extended Air Defense System), cooperative transatlantic effort with the
Germany. The goal of this system is to protect allied armies against SRBMs, cruise missiles and enemy UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).
The Italian Army acquired 5 SAMP/T batteries at Mantua, and a training version based at Sabaudia. The Italian Navy's two new Horizon frigates host 48 Aster missiles, of both 15 and 30 variety, the Thales S 1850M long range radar and the Empar fire control radar, which can manage 24 missiles against 12 targets simultaneously.