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First repair center established in China for Russian air defense systems
Personnel of Russia’s Almaz-Antei Corporation and their Chinese colleagues have set up China’s first center for overhauling its Tor-M1 (NATO reporting name: SA-15 Gauntlet) air defense (AD) missile systems, according to the corporation’s press release.
     
Personnel of Russia’s Almaz-Antei Corporation and their Chinese colleagues have set up China’s first center for overhauling its Tor-M1 (NATO reporting name: SA-15 Gauntlet) air defense (AD) missile systems, according to the corporation’s press release.
Tor-M1 air defense system
     
"The agreement on establishing the facility was made in 2013. This is China’s first center of the kind, set up with Russia’s participation to repair and overhaul Russian-made AD weaponry," the news release says.

In Almaz-Antei Director General Yan Novikov’s opinion, the event’s significance "gives confidence of the future cooperation in setting up similar centers for various weapons systems exported before and operated by the customers with success." Novikov opines that the stagnation of the spare part market is drawing to an end.

"This is owing, inter alia, to the fact that the importers of Soviet- and Russian-made materiel have started realizing the importance of quality maintenance of and improvement in the their hardware due to the quickly growing per-unit costs," the corporation’s press office quotes Novikov as saying. The corporation notes that solutions like that will provide a 5-10-year service life extension for current weapon systems.
     
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