China might test its new, Russian-made advanced missile-defense system any day now
China could put its new Russian missile defence system — which is capable of downing US F-35 stealth fighters — through its paces before the end of the month, Moscow said on Friday, citing an unnamed military source.
The S-400 Triumph, which was delivered just last week, is a surface-to-air missile system designed to complement China's home-grown defence capabilities. Russia's news agency, TASS, quoted the source as saying that a first test firing was imminent and could even happen within the next few days.
"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.
Hong Kong-based military expert Song Zhongping said it was very likely the PLA would test the S-400 soon after taking delivery, as its Rocket Force was already familiar with its 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," he said.
Song, who works as a military commentator for Phoenix TV, said that India and Turkey would also end up paying about twice as much as China did for the system, as they would need more training and support.
The S-400 Triumph is capable of engaging all types of aerial targets, including tactical and strategic aircraft, ballistic missiles and hypersonic jets, including the United States' fifth-generation F-35 stealth fighters.
The US has had F-35s at its own and allies' military bases in the Asia-Pacific region since October. The deployment pushed China into bringing its first stealth fighter, the J-20, into service ahead of schedule in February.
Song said that the S-400 would complement China's existing Russian and domestically developed missile systems.
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.
Beijing signed a deal to buy the S-400 Triumph system in 2014. It also ordered 24 Su-35 fighter jets — as upgrades to the Su-27 — and took delivery of 14 of them at the end of last year.
The Su-35 can be equipped with long-range air-to-air missiles that could be used to attack American aerial refuelling tankers in the Pacific.
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heiman2 days ago
India is trying to buy five batteries of S-400 missile system from Russia for 5.7billion dollars. China bought six batteries of the same system for two billion dollars!
So red china doesn't know how to make its own and have to buy the export version from the russians?
tostik2 days ago
The US has tested the F-35 against the best radars in the entire frequency band, and you just don't see the F-35 fast enough to survive if your radar emits. I'm not saying an S-400 can't shoot down an F-35, I won't argue in black and white like most people do, but the F-35 can get really close before detection. And the F-35 is not just stealth! It has the best Electronic Warfare system, the best sensor system, with the information displayed in easy-to-use form on the pilot's visor. Tremendous Situational Awareness advantage for the F-35......And the US has a lot more than F-35s to take down S-400s.
EdSerge2 days ago
Something does not ends up...To install and have S-400 active and operational takes no less than a year...How can i believe another yahoo article while media is so fals these days.
GOOBYS2 days ago
russia's number one customer
Dennis2 days ago
Or they may not?
Will2 days ago
Be strong! China strong!
Alexandru2 days ago
Good for China!
Perfecto2 days ago
That's OK. due those S-400 missile don't work....
没关系。那些S - 400导弹没用的
Life Made Simpleyesterday
These systems are the ones that Putin said would protect Syria and would knock down all incoming cruise missiles?
Kenny D2 days ago
How do they know that they can down an F-35? They don't, and knowing the shoddy way China builds things they probably can't.
My name2 days ago
What about using S-400 to shoot SU-35, would that be possible?
Peter2 days ago
Its time to gift green pine radar and akash along with upgraded S-125 and Brahmos & nirbhay extended range to the taiwanese.
vman222222 days ago
Good thing Obarry sold 20% US Uranium to Russia...that wont cause any trouble all over the world will it?
jbg2 days ago
"Stealth" is Lockheed Martin's marketing hype.
Kent2 days ago
How many F-35's have they shot down? MmmHmm. That's what I thought. Zero. It always comes down to American ability to design vs Russian ability to lie. Maybe the S-400's are pretty dang good, but bragging about being able to shoot down F-35's is a bit premature.
chimipanda2 days ago
self defense world wide we call this
jbg2 days ago
So they have the S400. So what?
saracen18662 days ago
The wanna be next super power buying russian hardware........LMFAO
It looks like stealth may become obsolete in 10 years. Maybe we should work on the next big thing?
Lothar....of the Hill People2 days ago
putin is bribed billions by china to take their high tech designs for copying, so they can sell them half price on world market, eliminating Russia as an arms dealer. They also pay him to distract NATO and allow invasion infrastructure to be built straight into Moscow from Beijing. His KGB ghosts and greed will mean the end of the nation, since Siberia is already lost..
Working people all over the world hope China and/or Russia give the bandits and fascists of Anglo-American and French imperialism a good old-fashioned blood-letting. Like that which the Russians gave to NATOs N@zi predecessor but the possibility of the bandits and fascists going nuclear is a tremendous worry.
Jason2 days ago
It can't stop a JASSM-ER missile from 400 miles away.
Hondo2 days ago
China will test shooting down it own J20 stealth copy cat of F-35 and call it a success.
Mike2 days ago
Russian-made but with Chinese parts. You can get those at Wal-Mart.
Dubis2 days ago
'CAPABLE OF DOWNING US STEALTH FIGHTERS'??? REALLY? SAYS WHO? RUSSIA? CHINA? COMMUNISTS PROPAGANDA. SHOULD READ 'IS POSSIBLY ABLE TO SHOOT DOWNS STEALTH AIRCRAFT' SINCE THEY'VE NEVER TESTED IT ON STEALTH AIRCRAFT. FAKE NEWS.
carlo2 days ago
bwahahaha. next month China will unveil its "new" home grown developed SAM system... and the whole world should be in awe of China's development capability.... too bad Russia needs hard currency, or this sale wouldn't have happened
flyrod2 days ago
nothing to do except think about war and order! not to many racial issue in china....maybe we could help them out and clean out our prisons!
CaptainKKK2 days ago
China and Russia together will destroy USA