Saturday, 1 October 2016

Russian Buk Missile Producer, Radar Producer Hold Presser on MH17

Russian arms producer Almaz-Antey is commenting on the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine on July 17, 2014. The Boeing 777 was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it came down. All 298 people on board, including 80 children and 15 crewmembers, were killed.

This presentation is a reaction to the Dutch Investigation findings that included discredited video of a BUK launcher moving in the area, and a dubious missile smoke trail picture. The Russian reaction is to look at the forensic evidence in association with the aircraft, and the radar data.

In terms of the damage done to MH17, the Russia experiments clearly show a very large blast pattern with fragments flying though and out the other side of the airliner. This was not seen in the wreckage. It is not easily accounted for by claiming the missile had exploded at an angle that prevented penetrations. The small blast area on MH17 is indicative of a smaller warhead, which may have been caused by an air-to-air missile strike.

We still have the problem of witnesses who saw military aircraft in the area before and after the airliner was shot down, something that the Ukrainian authorities deny, and the fact that an earlier presentation from the Russian military stated that their radar detected a fighter sized target rising to within 5 kilometres of MH17.

What is puzzling is that the new presentation put out by the Russians concerning the radar images now says they could not detect a missile coming at MH17 from the east. There are also no fighter sized targets near the aircraft either. It is worth considering the following clipped text:
The latest Russian claim is that the radar images - which highlight the MH17 route and other passenger aircraft - show no sign of a missile fired from the ground in rebel-held Snizhne directed at the Boeing.

Such missiles are five metres in length, and it would have shown on the radar screen, say Russian experts who unveiled the details at a Defence Ministry briefing in Moscow.

Expert Viktor Mesheryakov said: "'The radar did not register any alien flying objects close to the Malaysian plane, apart from two (other) civilian aircraft."

Andrey Koban, an army commander and military radar specialist, said: "It is possible to say all the confidence that in the time before the Boeing crash, no objects approached it from the eastern side, including from Snizhne village."

He insisted: "If the Malaysian Boeing was hit by a missile launched from any area located east of the crash site, it would have been detected by Russia's primary radar."

The Russians went on to say that a missile launched from Zaroshenskoe village - where Ukrainian military troops were based - may not have shown on the Russian radar for what were explained as complicated scientific reasons.

But there are significant problems with the Russian claims which were given prominent airtime on the country's leading state-run TV channel.

Pro-Kremlin Igor Korotchenko, editor of National Defence magazine, claimed Russia had released a game-changer by supplying "primary information" which should be considered by Dutch investigators.

He said: "It is impossible to forge it, or manipulate it in any other way."

Yet it is not clear why Russia needed 26 months to release this key data, and has only done so on the eve of the announcement from Dutch investigators.

Nor why the radar imagery shows a tiny Russian drone flying close to the Ukrainian border, but does not indicate the Kiev missile - almost three times the size - that Moscow allege shot down the plane.

The new radar details also destroy an earlier Moscow claim that a mysterious Ukrainian warplane was in the sky at the time the plane was shot down.

The radar shows no such plane.

One Western expert said the Russian images could be genuine and suggested the radar may not have had the technical sophistication to pick up the BUK missile.

But Moscow also challenged Ukraine to release its own radar details at the time of the crash which, it claimed, have been suppressed.
The US also has satellite images of the area at the time of the incident but has not released this information either. US satellites would have shown the BUK launchers on the ground and the smoke trails, just as they showed Russian aircraft deployed in Syria.

What we have is three countries, Russia, Ukraine, and the USA, not fully releasing their data on what happened. The only caveat to this is that a BUK missile fired from the Ukrainian side may have somehow avoided Russian radar detection (although this seems unlikely). What is missing is clear evidence of BUK missile smoke trails in the area (see below) plus the damage on MH17 is inconsistent with a large warhead.

The fact that the US and Ukrainians have been withholding vital information, have been fabricating evidence (the videos of the BUK launcher), and that MH17 was directed over the war zone by air traffic control all points toward their guilt (guilty demeanour).

Here is an actual BUK missile launch, not the computer generated obfuscation offered by the Dutch investigation:

It also worth considering the following video presentation that postulates that a MIG-29 was used to shoot down MH17 using an R-27 missile. The missile has enough range that it could target a high flying airliner from a relatively low altitude, below possible detection heights. The host of the video makes one erroneous claim where he says that a BUK system has a very low probability of downing an airliner. The video also features (alleged) witnesses to the incident who saw Ukrainian jets on the day, at the time of the attack.

Related Info:

MH17 investigation results released - RT America

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 1st, 2016.]

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