Russian arms producer ready to stage experiment to prove Ukrainian missile hit flight MH17

Russia’s weapons manufacturer Almaz-Antei is prepared to stage an experiment at its own expense proving that the Malaysian Airlines’ flight MH17 was downed by a missile launched with a Buk-M1 system, the concern’s CEO Yan Novikov said on Tuesday.

Russia’s weapons manufacturer Almaz-Antei is prepared to stage an experiment at its own expense proving that the Malaysian Airlines’ flight MH17 was downed by a missile launched with a Buk-M1 system, the concern’s CEO Yan Novikov said on Tuesday. 

"If necessary, we will be prepared to stage a full-scale real-life experiment attended by independent observers and experts," he said. "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," Yan Novikov said. "This missile was withdrawn from production in 1999.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."

An adviser to the general designer of the Almaz-Antei corporation, Mikhail Malyshevsky, told the media that the loss of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine last summer was due to the effects of a guided air defense missile, .

"The most characteristic damages allowed for making a conclusion the plane crashed due to an impact of a guided air defense missile," he said.

According to Malyshevsky, the missile that downed the aircraft was launched from the vicinity of the Ukrainian village of Zaroshchenskoye and could not have been launched from the Snezhnoye village.

"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," Mikhail Malyshevsky said.

Several days after the Boeing airliner was downed, it was claimed without any proof that the plane was downed with a Buk medium-range antiaircraft system from the settlement of Snezhnoye, the Almaz-Antey adviser reminded.

"But at that moment, none of the experts had come to the plane crash site," he said.

First published by TASS.

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