Sujoy wrote:I am not sure if Belarus or Kazakhstan need such advanced systems. Not that I am suggesting that they need to protect their airspace with obsolete weapons but they really do not face any imminent threats . More importantly their security is guaranteed by Russia. I would hope Russia pitches for this system in Vietnam , Venezuela , Phillipines , not to mention India . That's where there is a genuine need . Maybe Russia can develop a tailor made versions for these countries like it did with the HQ 19 for China (though China did adopt unfair practices during the production process).
Well strengthening Belarus with S-400 makes sense as no strange ideas would than buzz US/EU minds once Iskander-M/K is deployed because of US ABM in EU.
As for Kazahstan I would agree, there are countries that need it much faster.
India is above all. I dont know if India intends to buy S-400 at all?
Venezuela acquired 12 battalions of S-300VM with China EW 3D radars and Belarus command post so I guess they will need some time before all things are delivered and equipment integrated and mastered. Besides they will most likely be first Su-35BM operators and thats why I dont think they will rush with S-400. On the other hand subs are than more important for them.
Vietnam operates S-300 and because of constant violations of its territory around South China sea I can see them buying S-400 without any question.
Regarding China, I have heard about HQ-19 but Im not sure what is it. It has no logic that Russia would sell S-400 secrets/licence for puny 500min$ as is written in related articles. Than if China has licence or something of sort why does not it produce. Why does it want to buy from Russia and patiently waiting for its turn in line with others. So I will chose not to believe in any HQ-19 stories until proved otherwise.
As Im aware as seen pictures and videos of it, Russia assisted only S.Korean Cheolmae-2 "smaller" S-400 version with only 9M96 missiles no one else.