A portion of the first Russian-built S-400 Triumf air defense system purchased by China in 2014 has been sent back to Russia after it was damaged by a storm, according to a report in Russian media.
Russian military and industry officials are currently assessing the damage.
“”In order to implement a contract on supplying the S-400 air defense missile systems to China, a vessel carrying support equipment departed from the Ust Luga port in the Leningrad region in late December. However, on its way to China, the vessel got caught in a strong storm, which damaged part of the equipment. A decision was made to return to the port of departure,” said a statement from the press service of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation.
In accordance with insurance arrangements made as part of the deal, Russian industry will repair the equipment before sending it back to China.
The unexpected damage is not expected to affect the timeframe for the implementation of the contract on supplying the S-400 air defense missile systems to China, the press service said.
China became the first country to buy the advanced Russian-built system. Turkey was the next.
In all, four countries including India and Saudi Arabia are expected to purchase S-400 systems. [source]