- Moscow has finally approved the export of the S-400 air defence system to China, according to high-level Russian sources
- The delivery schedule for the systems could be an issue
- Officials in the Russian defence industry also remain concerned that China will reverse-engineer the S-400 system and compete with Russian for export sales
Russia looks to be finally approving the export of the Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumph air defence system to China.
Several reports from Russian sources have cited official statements from the director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Co-operation (FSVTS), Aleksandr Fomin, saying that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) would finally receive S-400 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), which have been on China's shopping list for almost four years.