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Buk manufacturer blasts Il-86 to support MH17 claims

Defence firm Almaz-Antey has destroyed an Ilyushin Il-86 cockpit in an attempt to prove that a Soviet-era weapon, rather than a modern Russian one, brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Almaz-Antey produces the Buk surface-to-air missile system, an example of which was the source of the attack on the Boeing 777-200ER, the Dutch-led inquiry believes.

The inquiry identified the warhead as a 9N314M, carried by a 9M38-series missile, launched from the Buk transporter.

Almaz-Antey has carried out a series of tests, including the detonation of a 9M38M1 missile placed above and to the left of a cockpit section taken from an ex-Armavia Il-86. This is the same location derived by investigators for the position of the warhead that struck MH17.

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The defence firm says the test explosion was conducted at the Bakhirev engineering research institute in Nizhny Novgorod on 7 October.

It claims that the resulting concentration of damage to the Il-86 structure, and the types of warhead fragmentation shrapnel, differ to those inflicted on the 777.

Almaz-Antey says the damage indicates that an older 9M38-type weapon was used, one which is no longer in service with Russian forces but used by Ukraine’s armed forces.

It claims that there is a “high probability” that this “outdated” ammunition was involved in downing MH17, and adds that it believes the launch site was close to Zaroshchenskoye, west of Torez in Ukraine’s Donetsk region.

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