Russian official confirms S-400 sale to China

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China may be about to finally receive the Almaz-Antei S-400 (SA-21) Triumf air defence system from Russia: a sale it has been pursuing without success for years.

In November 2010 Russia’s then-defence minister, Anatoliy Serdyukov, returned from a series of meetings in Beijing with proposals in hand for two major sales: the S-400 and a large number of the NPO Saturn 117S jet engine.

Russian authorities held off on selling these two state-of-the-art systems because Chinese industry has consistently reverse-engineered and then produced copies of every major weapons system Beijing has acquired.

Russian industry and government officials previously protested against the continued production of Chinese-made copies of the Sukhoi Su-27 (Shenyang J-11B), Su-33 (J-15), and Su-30 (J-16) fighters and the S-300 (HQ-9) air defence system.

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