Russia Completes Delivery of Second S-400 Regimental Set to China

Russia has completed the delivery of second regimental set of S-400 Triumf air defense missile system to China, TASS reported citing sources.

“Delivery of a second S-400 regimental set consisting of two divisions of launch devices, radiolocation stations, energy and service equipment, spare parts and instruments to China has been completed. The client also received more than 120 advanced anti-aircraft guided missiles of two types,” TASS quote the source as saying.

China became the first foreign buyer of the S-400 surface-to-air missile system when it signed a contract with Russia for the delivery of two regimental sets of S-400 in 2014. The first regimental set of S-400 was delivered to China in the spring of 2018.

According to the TASS report, the Chinese military successfully test-fired the missile launchers and hit both aerodynamic and ballistic targets.

S-400 Triumf (NATO designation: SA-21 Growler) is a long-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense system developed by Russia’s Almaz Central Design Bureau as an upgrade of the S-300 family. The system, previously known as the S-300PMU-3, has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007.

Triumf can engage targets at a distance of 400 kilometers and at an altitude of up to 30 kilometers. The system is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBM), and surface targets.

The S-400 uses four missiles to fill its performance envelope: the very-long-range 40N6 (with 400 km range), the long-range 48N6 (250 km), the medium-range 9M96E2 (120 km) and the short-range 9M96E (40 km).

Russia intends to purchase 56 S-400 battalions by 2020, which will allow the rearming of 28 Russian SAM regiments. The Russian Army has already deployed 53 S-400 battalions in 23 regiments and two training centers.

Russia has signed delivery contracts for S-400 systems with China, Turkey and India. The deliveries to Turkey began on July 12 last year and the deliveries to India are expected to start later this year.

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