A representative of Russia’s arms enterprise Almaz-Antey revealed that China may be the first foreign buyer of its S-400 anti-aircraft missile. Meanwhile, the Russian government has given its approval for the weapon’s export, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.
The missile has a range of 350-400km, a significant increase on the previous model S-300, with a range of a little over 100 km, said Du Wenlong, senior colonel and researcher at the PLA Academy of Military of Science.
With its existing Red Flag series anti-aircraft missiles, the addition of the S-400 will give China an anti-aircraft system that covers all ranges for the interception of one or multiple targets at a time, Du said.
The S-400 is capable of interceptions at all ranges and altitudes and can detonate the warhead of ian ncoming missile at a certain distance. They are also capable of detonating the remaining fuel in a target to destroy it without hitting it directly, according to the report.