The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) shot down a ballistic missile target during a test fire of one of its S-400 air defense missile systems.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China test fired one of the S-400 missile defense systems it bought from Russia in May 2018. During the test it reportedly shot down a ballistic target moving at a speed of 3 kilometers per second at about 250 kilometers away, Russian media reports stated Saturday.
According to the report, the opposing force on the drills actively used jamming equipment to test the S-400's ability to withstand methods of electronic warfare and still strike down targets.
The $3 billion contract to supply S-400s to China was signed back in 2015, with first system arriving in 2018. The last components of the second S-400 arrived only in May after a slight delay — some of them were damaged in storms during the initial shipment and were later replaced by the manufacturer.
Following the signing of the contract with China, several other states expressed interest in the S-400s, including India, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and others.