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MH17: Russia to provide additional radar data to inquiry

Russian authorities are intending to supply additional radar data to investigators probing the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shot down over Ukraine two years ago.

The Dutch-led inquiry had noted that it had only been given video recordings of a radar screen replay showing the airspace in which the Boeing 777-200ER had been destroyed, apparently by a Buk surface-to-air missile.

While the images were consistent with Ukrainian surveillance data, the inquiry stated that it had not received any original radardata from Russia’s state air traffic management service.

But Russia’ federal Investigative Committee says it is acting on a Dutch request for unprocessed radar images in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukrainian airspace at the time of the crash.

It says that the Almaz-Antey company – which produces the Buk missile – has obtained information from processors of the Rostov en route radar, through the air traffic control systems specialist Lianozovo Electromechanical Plant.

The Lianozovo plant produces a variety of air navigation and surveillance systems.

No details have been disclosed on the content of the information.

Russia’s Investigative Committee says it has received the data and will “soon” hand it to Dutch investigators, stressing that it is showing “complete willingness” to co-operate with the probe.

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