China plans to test fire Russian S-400 air defense missile system

China plans to test fire S-400 Triumph air defense missiles supplied by Russia in late July - early August, a military-diplomatic source said. In May 2018, China has officially takes delivery of the first batch of Russian-made S-400 air defense missile systems.

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Launcher unit of Russian S-400 air defense missile system (Picture source Yandex)

"It is planned that the Chinese team who were trained in Russia will fire from S-400 at a target imitating a ballistic target," the source said. The Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation refused comment.

Last week China completed the acceptance of Russia-supplied first regimental set of S-400 Triumph air defense missiles.

The contract between Russia and China for S-400 delivery was reported in November 2014. In November 2015 presidential aide for military-technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin confirmed the report. China became the first foreign customer of the air defense weapons and has to receive two regimental sets of S-400.

The S-400 Triumph (SA-21 Growler by NATO classification) is a Russian air defense intermediate and long-range missile system to destroy modern and perspective aerospace attack means. It can destroy aerodynamic targets at a distance up to 400 km and tactical ballistic targets with a speed of 4.8 km/s (cruise missiles, tactical and strategic aircraft, ballistic missile warheads) at a distance of up to 60 km.

Its radars detect air targets at a distance of 600 km. Maximum range is up to 250 km and the altitude is 35 km.

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