Almaz Antay, the maker of the BUK missile, organized a big press conference at October 13. About 250 journalists attended the press conference. Accomodation and flight of abut 30 foreign journalists were paid by Almaz.
Almaz did two simulations in which they exploded a warhead. First simulation they put various large pieces of aluminium and exploded a missile.
For the second simulation done at October 7 they used the cockpit section of an old IL86 passenger aircraft. The cockpit section was cut off from the fuselage at an airport. Then the section was transported to a field. There a construction was made to hold the Buk missile in the same position as where Almaz believes it exploded.
The video can be seen here.
The statements of AA are: (and this blogpost will be updated )
- MH17 was shot down by an old BUK missile of type 9M38.
- This missile is from around 1986.
- There are no butterfly shaped (Doube T shaped) holes to be seen in MH17 debris. This butterfly is typical for 9M38M1 missile which has three shapes of fragments.
- Russian Armed forces do not use this missile. It is not certified to use anymore because it can exploded all of a sudden. It is past its lifetime
- The missle was launched from an area near Zaroshens’kye
- Almaz Antey did not comment on who controlled the area around Zaroshens’kye
- A single BUK TELAR has a reach of maximum 25 km. From south of Snizhne a missile could not hit MH17
- The costs for the two simulations are around 10 million Ruble
- Ukraine Army had at certain time 502 9M38 missiles
The complete press conference can be see here.