Russia has delivered the first S-400 air defense systems in China, according to the Russian TASS news agency. The missile systems were loaded on two ships at Leningrad and delivered to China within the previously agreed deadline. The delivery includes not only a launch base, but also the corresponding command post, a radar station and a mobile generator. In the summer, a third ship with additional material for the air defense system is expected to arrive.
In November 2014, Russia and China signed an agreement for the delivery of the S-400 missile system. China thus became the first country outside of Russia to use the missile system. Later more allies of Russia would show interest in this anti-aircraft system, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain.
The S-400 is an advanced air defense system which can intercept intercontinental missiles, fighter planes and drones. A complete set-up consists of various elements, such as a launch base, a control station and a radar system. All these systems are built on trucks that can be moved quickly.