Moscow, Russia (nsnbc) – The CEO of the Russian arms manufacturer and producer of the Buk-M1 missile system announced that the company is ready to stage a full-scale experiment under international supervision to proof that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was downed by a missile launched from a Buk-M1 system. Almaz-Antei Yan Novikov stressed that the company does not wish to attribute responsibility to any of the conflicting parties in Ukraine but proof that a Buk missile brought down the plane.
Almaz-Antei CEO Yan Novikov stated on Tuesday, that the company was willing to conduct an internationally monitored, full-scale experiment on the companies own expense to prove that a Buk-M1 was involved in the fatal crash of Malaysia Airlines on FlightMH17 on July 17, 2014.
Yan Novikov stressed that the company had no intention to attribute responsibility to either the Ukrainian military, forces of the rebelling republics in Ukraine’s southeast or others.
He added, that the release of U.S. satellite data would be helpful in determining which forces held the territory from which the missile was launched. The Russian Tass news agency quotes Novikov as saying that:
“If necessary, we will be prepared to stage a full-scale real-life experiment attended by independent observers and experts….In other words, we will blow up a 9M38M1 missile placed next to the fuselage of the same manufacturer’s written-off plane at the angles mentioned at this presentation. … Our presentation has proved that the guided missile that hit the [Malaysian] Boeing in the sky above Ukraine could only be 9M38M1 of the Buk M1 system. … This missile was withdrawn from production in 1999. Therefore, the concern and its companies could have supplied these missiles to no one in the 21st century.”
The Almaz-Antei CEO reiterated that the company was in no position to comment on who fired the missile, saying:
“According to our estimates, the missile was launched from a position near Zaroshchenskoye. The error margin is 1.5 kilometers. We make no comment as to who controlled the area at the moment. … At the same time we have irrefutable evidence this type of missiles is still in service in the Ukrainian armed forces. Back in 2005 the concern conducted pre-contract work on prolonging the service life of these weapons in Ukraine. At that moment there were 991 such missiles there. … We do not dismiss other versions, but if it is true that the Boeing liner was shot down by an air defense missile, the Buk-M1 system and the mentioned rocket were the sole possibility.”
Novikov added that data from U.S. military satellites that the United States mentioned at a certain point might be very helpful in efforts to establish who is to blame for the downing of the aircraft.
“As a leader, there has never been an occasion as heart-breaking as what I went through yesterday. Wives losing their husbands, fathers losing their children. Imagine their feelings from such a great loss”.The tragic downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 cost the lives of all 298 passengers and crew on board. The tragedy and the subsequent scapegoating and blame game prompted Malaysian PM Najib Razak to lash out saying:
“This is what happens when there is a conflict, whatever conflict that cannot be resolved through negotiations, with peace. In the end, who becomes the victim”?
The investigation into the downing of the airliner is led by the Dutch Safety Board which is expected to release a report in June or July 2015. There have, however, been raised serious concerns about the neutrality of Dutch authorities.
An adviser to the general designer of the Almaz-Antei corporation, Mikhail Malyshevsky was quoted by Tass as saying that the loss of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine last summer was due to the effects of a guided air defense missile and that:
“The most characteristic damages allowed for making a conclusion the plane crashed due to an impact of a guided air defense missile.”
Mikhail Malyshevsky added that fragments of the ill-fortunate Malaysian Airlines’ Boeing liner (Flight MH17), shot down over Ukraine last summer, bear unmistakable traces of fragments from a Buk-M1 air defense missile (9M38M1) … One of the key features of missile 9M38M1 is a special scalpel-shaped cloud of shrapnel (accounting for 40% of the fragments’ total mass). That special feature has now been simulated,” Malyshevsky said at an Almaz-Antei presentation devoted to the MH17 probe. … It was these traces, identified on the aircraft’s skin, which allowed to say with a high degree of probability the missile’s flight path.”
He added that the most likely position from which the missile had been launched was the vicinity of the Ukrainian village of Zaroshchenskoye and could not have been launched from the Snezhnoye village. Malyshevsky noted that:
“The data analysis allows for verifiably excluding the version that the airliner was damaged by a missile launched from the populated settlement of Snezhnoye,” the adviser said while presenting the results of the company’s probe into the Malaysian MH17 flight crash. … We have calculated the most probable area [of the launch]. This is the area to the south of village of Zaroshchenskoye.”
In 2014 the Russian Ministry of Defense released radar data as well as satellite images showing the presence of Buk missile systems as well as data about increased radar activity from the missile systems prior to the tragic downing of the airliner. Radar data also suggested the presence of a jet that only returned primary radar data. The Ministry suspected that the jet was a Su-25. High-velocity impact holes at the cockpit area could also suggest that the Boeing 777-200 may have been struck by a Buk missile as well as by machine-gun fire into the cockpit.
CH/L – nsnbc 02.06.2015
Written by Christof Lehmann
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