Putin Approves Export to China of Russian S-400 Air Defense MissilesPosted: March 31, 2014
Russian Businessmen Daily reported on March 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed in principle to sell S-400 air defense missiles to China. Negotiation is going on between China and Russia on the quantity and price of the purchase. However, even an agreement has been concluded, Chinese military will not get the missile until 2016 as Russian troops’ need shall first be satisfied.
The newest information on the purchase shows that the two sides are discussing the supply of the missiles for two battalions and China wants to obtain complete information about the tactic and technological functions of the new weapon systems.
In comparison, according to the export contract signed in 2007, China has got S-300PMU2 air defense missiles for 15 battalions and four sets of command system for the missiles. Those missiles are now used to protect such large cities as Beijing and Shanghai. The report says if China has got S-400 air defense systems, it will be able to control the air not only on its own territory but also on Taiwan and the Diaoyus.
China was the fourth biggest importer of Russian weapons last year with the total value of weapon import exceeding $1.8 billion.
Source: qianzhan.com “Russia media: Putin has approved export of S-400 air defense missiles to China” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
- Russia Decided to Sell S-400 Surface-air Missiles to China dated July 1, 2013
- China’s Multi-layer Anti-missile System with Copies of Russian Anti-missile radar dated July 16, 2013