Russia delivers S-300 air-defence batteries to China

By RIA Novosti,

Moscow : Russia has delivered 15 batteries of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to China, the manufacturer said Friday.

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Igor Ashurbeili, general director of the Almaz-Antei, said it had thus completed the contract with China but gave no indication of how much it was worth or specifically how many S-300s had been delivered.

An S-300 battery is typically comprised of four truck-mounted installations, each consisting of four missiles.

A “huge line” of foreign clients is waiting to buy S-300s and a more advanced version, the S-400, but that no new contracts would be signed for the time being, he said.

“First, we have to arm the Russian military. If there are available production capacities and we fulfill our current contracts, then this process (the signing of new contracts) will resume.”

The advanced version of the S-300 missile system, called S-300PMU1 (SA-20 Gargoyle), has a range of over 150 km and can intercept ballistic missiles and aircraft at low and high altitudes, making the system an effective tool for warding off possible airstrikes.

It can simultaneously track up to 100 targets and engage up to 12.