Russia’s S-400 SAM System Cleared For Export, Buyers Sought
Moscow ITAR-TASS in Russian 1140 GMT 15 Aug 14
Russia’s newest surface-to-air missile system, the S-400, has been cleared for export and is being marketed to potential customers, ITAR-TASS news agency reported on 15 August.
“The system has received clearance in its export form. We are in talks about selling it abroad and have made good progress,” Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, the general director of the manufacturer Almaz-Antey, said. He was speaking at a defence expo in Zhukovskiy, outside Moscow. He added: “we are now marketing the S-400. The S-300 is an effective weapon but if we have a new system why not offer that to our customers and potential partners?”
But Dzirkaln did not expect a rush of customers. “The S-400 is a new and highly effective weapon and it’s not cheap,” he told journalists. “Only developed countries with good finances will be able to afford it.” And the priority remains supplying the S-400 to Russia’s armed forces, he said. “New contracts are going to be signed only with reasonable timescales in line with our capacity”.
The S-400 Triumf is a long- and medium-range air-defense system that can simultaneously guide up to 72 missiles to 36 targets at a range of up to 400 km, ITAR-TASS said.