A sunflower stands next to wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 (AFP: Dominique Fagel)
The Russian maker of the Buk air defense missile system said Tuesday that it has concluded that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was downed by an older version of the missile, which isn’t in service with the Russian military but is in Ukrainian arsenals. […]
Mikhail Malyshevsky, an adviser to the director general of the missile maker, state-controlled Almaz-Antei consortium, said at a news conference Tuesday that its analysis was based on photographs of the wreckage available to the public. He said the holes in the plane’s parts were consistent with a specific type of Buk missile and its warhead.
Each of the Buk subtypes has its warhead rigged with shrapnel of a specific shape. This variation of the missile is in the Ukrainian military arsenals, but not in the Russian, said Almaz-Antei director Yan Novikov.
Novikov said that in 2005 when Ukraine contacted the consortium regarding the maintenance of its Buk systems, it had 991 such missiles. […]
RT’s Daniel Bushell tweets on the Almaz-Antey media conference (picture on the left):
Almaz-Antey CEO states ‘We have proof such missiles being used by the Ukrainian military’ but says not his job to apportion blame for MH17
‘BUK-M1 discontinued 1999, all remaining missiles were delivered to foreign customers’: Almaz-Antey summarizes why EU MH17 claims ‘baseless’
Cannot explain why US has not published its satellite findings, could answer who to blame for MH17 crash: missile manufacturer Almaz-Antey
If we were not sure of our findings, we would not have organized this media conference: missile manufacturer Almaz-Antey
We were only invited to testify at international inquiry in February this year: missile manufacturer Almaz-Antey
We can not explain Ukraine air traffic control activity at time of crash, black box should reveal: missile manufacturer Almaz-Antey
A lot of absolutely contradictory information in Western media about circumstances of MH17 tragedy: missile maker Almaz-Antey
‘We do not rule out other versions, but we stand by our analysis that BUK M1 hit MH17’: missile maker Almaz-Antey
We do technical analysis, do not speculate on whether Kiev or self-defence side to blame: missile maker Almaz-Antey
Angle of missile strike allows us to reveal MH17 hit above the area of Zaroshchenske, not Snezhnoe as reported: missile maker Almaz-Antey