Russia and China Sign Contract for Delivery of S-400 Systems
The first contract for the delivery of at least six battalions of S-400 air defence missile systems worth of more than $3 billion has been signed.
Negotiations on the delivery of S-400 systems to China had been in progress for several years and the Russian Defence Ministry said in 2011 that the exports might begin no earlier than 2016, because the Russian Armed Forces would have to be provided for first.
In particular, Saudi Arabia’s interest in the air defence system was reported again and again but those negotiations came to a halt. The Belarusian Defence Ministry also declared its wish to buy the system, and system marketing was done in Libya.
It’s worth mentioning that the S-400 Triumf air defence missile system is a product of the Almaz-Antey Concern and is based on the S-300P long-range air defence system. Rosoboronexport fulfilled the recent contract for 15 battalions of the S-300PMU-2 air defence missile system in 2010.