Russia starts delivering S-400 missile system to China

Russia has made its first delivery of S-400 missile system components to China under a contract signed in 2014, a source close to the Russian system of military cooperation told journalists on Thursday.

The delivery includes a control station, a radar station, energy and support equipment, spare parts, tools and other components of the S-400 systems, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

The source also said Russia's Defense Ministry last year trained a group of Chinese soldiers to use the S-400 systems.

China was the first buyer of these anti-aircraft weapons. In 2014, Moscow and Beijing signed a contract on the S-400 systems under which Russia has to deliver to China six S-400 systems at a cost of some $3 billion.

The contract does not provide either technology transfer or licensed production of S-400 missile systems to China.

Last December, Turkey announced that it had concluded an agreement with Russia for the purchase of two S-400 systems by early 2020.​

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