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Russia to Supply China With S-400

13.04.2015 14:53

Anatoly Isaikin, the Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport chief executive, said China has signed a contract with the company for the purchase of the S-400 air defense systems.

"China has indeed become the first buyer of this sophisticated Russian air defense system.  It underlines once again the strategic level of our relations," Isaikin said, adding that "many countries" want to buy the S-400 systems, but the manufacterer, VKO Almaz-Antey, is obliged to first deliver them to the Russian Defense Ministry. "Despite the expansion of production capacities, it's difficult to deliver these air defense systems to several countries. In this regard, China will be the first customer," Isaikin said.

The S-400 Triumf is a new generation anti-aircraft weapon system capable of engaging any aerial target. There are nine Russian anti-aircraft missile regiments equipped with the S-400 systems.