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China may get latest surface-to-air missile system from Russia

29 March 2014

S-400 in action

According to Russian newspaper Kommersant, Russia has agreed to sell China its most advanced mobile surface-to-air missile system S-400 to equip 2 to 4 Chinese battalions.

The PLA has already received 15 battalions of S-300PMU2 anti-air defense system and 4 sets of 83M6E2 command system based on a 2007 treaty, aiming at protecting major cities like Shanghai and Beijing from missile attack.

S-400 is Russia's third generation anti-aircraft weapon system with a range of over 400 km. It uses three different missiles, including the extremely long range 40N6, long range 48N6 and medium range 9M96 missiles, to cover its entire performance envelope. The development of the S-400 system began in the late 1990s and completed in 2004.

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S-400 Launch Position

(photo: RIA Novosti / Mikhail Mokrushin)

S-400 Test Firing

(photo: Almaz-Antey)

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