China Days Away From Test-Firing Russian S-400 Missile Defense System: Tass

China is close to a “late July or early August” test firing of a new Russian missile defence system reportedly capable of taking down an F-35 stealth fighter, according to SCMP, citing a Kremlin military source.

China Days Away From Test-Firing Russian S-400 Missile Defense System: Tass

“It is planned that in late July or early August the unit of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that underwent training in Russia will carry out a test firing against a simulated ballistic target at a Chinese firing ground,” the person said.

With a range of 2,400km (1,500 miles), the S-400 can engage up to 36 targets simultaneously with as many as 72 missiles at altitudes of between 5 metres (16 feet) and 30km (19 miles).

Beijing-based military expert Li Jie said that the sale of the S-400 to China would help Russia to promote its air defence missile technology on the international market, which has been dominated by the United States’ patriot system.

The S-400 missile will further consolidate Beijing and Moscow’s strategic partnership in diplomatic, political, economic and military cooperation,” he said. –SCMP

Hong Kong-based military expert Song Zhongping told SCMP that it was very likely Beijing would test the S-400 right after taking delivery, while China’s Rocket Force is already familiar with the system’s predecessor, the S-300. 

“The PLA has been using the S-300 since the 1990s, so it will be easier for them to pick up the new S-400 than it will be for other countries, like India and Turkey, which are also planning to buy the new defence system,” said Zhongping.

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In late June, Turkey openly defied Trump’s threat of sanctions if they were tocomplete the purchase of S-400 systems. Ankara said said the acquisition of was “a done deal and Turkey will not turn back from its decision.”

India, meanwhile, announced in early July a $5.7 billion deal to purchase S-400s despite the threat of US retaliation. 

China Days Away From Test-Firing Russian S-400 Missile Defense System: Tass

China Days Away From Test-Firing Russian S-400 Missile Defense System: Tass

The Times of India noted that in October 2015, India had planned to procure the S-400s – which can detect, track and destroy supersonic bombers, drones, fifth-generation fighters, spy planes, and supersonic missiles at a range of up to 400km and altitude of 30km – in what many Indian officials have praised as a game-changing military acquisition.

China Days Away From Test-Firing Russian S-400 Missile Defense System: Tass

Beijing agreed to buy the S-400 Triumph system in 2014, while also ordering 24 Russian Su-35 fighter jets – as upgrades to the Su-27. 14 had been delivered as of the end of 2017. 
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