At a September 26 press conference by the Russian Ministry of Defense, Russia stated there is no BUK missile detected on the raw primary radar recordings which were retrieved earlier in September by an Almaz Antey company. Russia also stated there is no other military aircraft near MH17.
Russia stated it will hand over the raw radar data to the Dutch investigation team.
It was not allowed for the press to ask questions at the end of the press conference.
There were two lies of the July 21 2014 press conference debunked by Russia itself on September 26.
- At July 21 2014 Russia stated there was a military aircraft near MH17. At September 26 Russia stated there was no other aircraft
- At July 21 Russia showed the route of MH17 had a strange curve. At the September 26 press conference the route of MH17 is all straight just like documented in DSB final report.
Russia stated Ukraine must have shot a BUK missile towards MH17. The fact that the Russian radar did not detect a missile from Ukraine held territory is:
“We need to point out the Russia radar station doesn’t allow us to see if anything is flown (towards the aircraft) from the south or the west.’’
That is quite interesting. The radar return of a missile flying towards MH17 flying northwest as seen from the Ust-Donetsk radar station is much less than the radar return from a missile flying from south to north as seen from the radar station.
This is the location of the Utes-T radar station at Ust-Donetsk. Ust-Donetsk can be seen in the lower right corner of the map below. The trajectory of the BUK missile when launched from separatists controled area south of Snizhne is indicated by the missile flying northwest.
The most left missile in the image below is the trajectory and angle when a missile was launched from an area near Zaroshchenske. You don’t need to be a master in mathematics to understand the surface of the missile when launched from Snizhne is much less than when launched from Zaroshchenske. So a lesser surface detected by radar means lesser reflection and thus detection.
The distance between Ust-Donetsk and the last position of the Flight Data Recorder is about 175 km. That is far less then the maximum range of the radar being 360 km.
Distance from Ust-Donetsk to Zaroshchenske is 172 km.
So if a missile was not detected when launched from Snizhne, it is far more likely that it actually was detected when launched from Zaroshchenske. Hower Russia did not detect the missile.
The recording of the September 26 press conference with english translator can be seen here.
The english translator is on the right speaker. In Windows you can mute the left, Russian language, speaker by configuration of the sound balance.
So Russia dismissed the most likely scenario in which a BUK TELAR supplied by Russia launched a missile from separatists controled area.
The timing of the press conference is remarkable, just two days before the Joint Investigation Team will make public the exact type of BUK missile and the exact launch location.
Russia proved in the September 26 press conference it lied at the July 21 2014 press conference. At that press conference it was claimed by Russia MH17 made a strange curve heading to the north, then return towards the south.
Below left the route of MH17 as shown by the Russia MoD at July 21 2014. Right the route of MH17 as shown on the press conference at September 26. The September 26 screenshot clearly shows MH17 did not make a turn like the one indicated by yellow. The route of MH17 was just like the flightplan with a slight deviation towards the north to avoid weather.
Response of the Dutch prosecutor on Russia press conference
JIT responded a few hours after the press conference by sending an email to all next of kin. The text was:
Via the media the JIT has taken notice of the presentation that has been held by the Russian Federation today. The JIT will be presenting its first results of the criminal investigation this Wednesday. At that time we will go into the information that has been provided by the Russian Federation today.by