28 Jan 2019 13:12

Russia builds maintenance center for anti-aircraft missile systems in China

MOSCOW. Jan 28 (Interfax-AVN) - Russia has built a maintenance center for anti-aircraft missile systems in China, and the construction of an aircraft maintenance center is being discussed, Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) chief Dmitry Shugayev said.

"We have built a maintenance center for another anti-aircraft missile system. We are also holding talks on building maintenance centers for aircraft and engines," Shugayev said in an interview on the TV program Pozdnyakov, a recording of which is available on NTV's website.

Moscow and Beijing are also discussing the construction of maintenance centers to service S-300 and S-400 systems, he said.

Shugayev confirmed that Russia and China are discussing the possibility of conducting mutual settlements without using U.S. dollars.

"We are holding negotiations with our Chinese partners. The most important thing is that settlements in national currencies not cause misbalances in other fields," he said.

China has placed orders worth a total of over $7 billion for Russian weapons, Shugayev said. "We have delivered quite a large number of Sukhoi fighter aircraft, more than ten submarines, and various shipborne systems to China. In addition to the S-300s, which were delivered earlier, a contract for S-400s is being implemented," he said.