S-400 U-Turn?

Russia has said that it will now commence exports of S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name ‘SA-21 Growler’) Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) batteries to China from 2017.

It was reported by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti on 15th July that the Chinese will be the first export clients for a missile system which Russia has previously said would not be exported.

This news appears to contradict information released in late May, and reported in ChainHomeHigh, that Moscow would not sell S-400 systems to Beijing amid concerns that the weapons system could be reversed-engineered and copied by Chinese manufacturers.

Published by Thomas Withington

Thomas Withington is a writer and analyst specialising in electronic warfare, radar and military communications.

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