Russia has begun delivering the Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to China under the terms of a contract signed in 2014, TASS news agency cited an unnamed source close to the Russian military-industrial complex as saying on 18 January.
“The implementation of the contract has begun; the first shipment has been sent to China,” said the source, adding that the shipment included a control station, a radar station, energy and support equipment, spare parts, various tools, and other elements of the advanced air defence system.
The source, who did not reveal how many S-400s are set to be delivered, pointed out that the contract did not envisage either a technology transfer or licensed production of the systems.
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