China to test new Russian S-400 air defense system: Source

China is reportedly set to test fire its advanced Russian-made S-400 Triumf missile defense system in the coming days.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a military and diplomatic source with knowledge of the matter told Russia’s TASS news agency on Friday that the first test firing of the newly-acquired interceptor-based system could happen in the end of July or in early August.

“It is planned that in late July-early August the unit of the People’s Liberation Army, which underwent training in Russia, will carry out the firing against a simulated ballistic target at a Chinese firing ground,” the source said.

The S-400 system, whose full name is the Triumf Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS), is an advanced Russian missile system designed to detect, track, and destroy planes, drones, or missiles as far as 402 kilometers away. The new defense system is capable of downing US F-35 stealth fighters.

China became the first international buyer of Russia’s S-400 Triumf in 2015 as part of $3 billion deal and received the first batch of the missile systems in April.

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