China may become first foreign buyer of S-400 anti-aircraft system

China has a good chance of becoming the first foreign buyer of Russia's latest anti-aircraft missile system S-400 Triumph, Russian presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov says.

China has a good chance of becoming the first foreign buyer of Russia's latest anti-aircraft missile system S-400 Triumph, Russian presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov says.

"I cannot disclose the contents of the contract. This is a commercial secret. Here is what I can say: the Russian army is the first recipient of the S-400. It is already receiving these systems," Ivanov said in reply to a question from Interfax in Guiyang.

"And the chances that China will be the first foreign buyer are good," Ivanov said.

The contract for the S-400 is among the most promising ones, Ivanov said.

"But its implementation will take several years. It's simply impossible to manufacture such hardware in half a year," he said.

Military-technological cooperation between Russia and China is shifting toward joint projects, which is natural, as China is capable of "manufacturing a broad range of weapons on its own," Ivanov said.

As concerns promising projects in this sector, Ivanov mentioned a wide-body aircraft, which could be either passenger or transport.

He also pointed to an agreement between Moscow and Beijing on building a new modern heavy helicopter to replace the Mi-26.

"Therefore, our military-technological cooperation is shifting more and more toward joint projects and joint products," he said.

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