RUSSIA TO START S-400 DELIVERIES TO CHINA IN 2017

PanARMENIAN.Net
June 27, 2012 - 13:36 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Russia will start exports of the S-400 Triumph air
defense missile systems to China no earlier than 2017.

"An export version of the S-400 Triumph air defense missile will have
been developed by 2017 with the Chinese to be the first clients,"
a source in the defense industry told RIA Novosti on condition of
anonymity.

Russia currently has four S-400 regiments - two in the Moscow region,
one in the Baltic Fleet and one in the Eastern Military District.

By 2020, Russia is expected to have 28 S-400 regiments, each comprised
of two battalions, mainly in maritime and border areas.

In early June, Russian Defense Ministry said there were no plans
to export the S-400, which will be produced only for the Russian
Armed Forces.

The S-400 Triumph, which succeeds the Soviet-era S-300, is a medium- to
long-range surface-to-air missile system that can effectively engage
any aerial target, including aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles,
and cruise and ballistic missiles at up to 400 kilometers and an
altitude of up to 30 kilometers.