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Turns Out It’s Pretty Easy to
Shoot Down a Passenger Jet

Wired, by Alex Davies

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 7/22/2014 5:59:15 PM

American officials believe the missile that destroyed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was fired by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, using a Russian-made system designed for bringing down fighter jets. That brings up the question: How easy is it to bring down a passenger jet with a weapon that’s meant to used by trained soldiers? Turns out, it’s pretty easy. As in, take a three-day course and go for it easy. The weapon in question is the SA-11, a radar-guided surface to air missile (SAM) system. It’s been around since the Soviets deployed the first-generation model in 1979. The mobile system (it sits on

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tren9, 7/22/2014 6:09:48 PM     (No. 9935878)

It´s even money that the crew included a Russian crew chief, a highly-trained tech. The BUK is an old but sophisticated radar guidance system. I was in a Nike-Hercules unit in the 32nd Army Air Defense Command in the 60´s. Our mission involved Russian Bear bombers.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: fayebeck, 7/22/2014 6:22:59 PM     (No. 9935898)

BUT I saw and heard a "professional know it all" military "expert" on Fox News who said it takes several years to learn this. Who to believe these days. Lots of military "experts" on Fox these days.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dvc, 7/22/2014 8:46:22 PM     (No. 9936042)

Read the article. First, he says it is easy, but then says "Just take a three day course.. . "

He also says it takes 4 operators, and normally takes "weeks to months" to learn to use the unit properly. None of this sounds very easy to me. You need four operators that need at least three days of training, and that is probably to just be able to turn in on.

IMO, the Russians gave the separatists the systems and the operators, but the local drunks were in charge of saying what to shoot at.

We found out years later that "North Korean" MiG fighters were manned by Russian pilots, although it was denied at the time. Probably the same thing here.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: GO3, 7/22/2014 9:14:37 PM     (No. 9936075)

Re #2; if that "expert" says it takes years, then any army which had this system would be hard pressed to turn out any trained ADA crews in time for the next war.

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