Russia says it prepared the contract for delivery of S-400 missiles systems to Saudi Arabia

Russia has finished preparing its contract to supply S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile systems to Saudi Arabia. Director General of Rostec Sergey Chemezov told RIA Novosti news on Wednesday, October 18 that they expect a decision from Riyadh, although the contract does not include the transfer of the technology needed to produce the S-400.

It was recently reported that Rosoboronexport and the Saudi Military Industrial Company or SAMI had signed a contract to localize the production of AK-103 assault rifles and had "reached agreements on the supply of S-400 air defense systems, Kornet-EM anti-tank missile systems and other weapons."

"It will depend on them. We have a contract ready. They must decide. Negotiations have already ended. It is necessary for the contracts to come into force. When they decide for the contracts to take effect, there will be a delivery," Chemezov said, responding to the question on the timing of the delivery of the S-400 to Saudi Arabia.

As explained by the head of Rostec, the contract does not provide for the transfer of S-400 technology to Saudi Arabia. "Not yet," Chemezov said.

The S-400 Triumph is the newest long range anti-aircraft missile system. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and it can also be used against ground targets. The range of the S-400 is 400 kilometers. It can destroy targets at an altitude of 30 kilometers. The S-400 Triumph system was adopted by the Russian army in 2007.

  S-400, Saudi Arabia, Russia