PLA may finally receive Russian S-400 SAMs

10 April 2014

Key Points

  • 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.

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