By: Nelson Abdullah
Conscience of a Conservative
I came across an interesting discovery about the B777 Malaysian Flt MH17 shot down over the Ukraine. Everyone in both government and the mainstream news media (which at times seems to be the same thing) is saying the Boeing 777 was hit by a Russian Buk missile but this may not be true. When taking in to account what kind of missile system the Buk is, it is an air-burst, anti-missile missile with a fragmentation warhead designed to create a cloud of a hundred thousand high-speed projectiles to destroy an aircraft or incoming cruise missile, photos of the larger pieces of wreckage appear to be missing the multitude of holes from the fragmentation warhead. Compare these photos from two British newspapers, the Telegraph and the Guardian.
Russian media has quoted multiple Russian defense experts as saying that “Buk” missiles are designed to explode within several hundred meters of a target, sending between 50,000 and 100,000 pieces of shrapnel in all directions at supersonic (maybe hypersonic) speeds. According to these experts, an aircraft met by a “Buk” would be instantly riddled with holes, and the wreckage would evince that type of damage pattern. However, the few large pieces of Malaysia 777 wreckage that we have seen so far don’t seem to fit the bill. In that case, was it really a “Buk”, or some other missile system? (And if the latter, is it even worth arguing over whether the rebels have a “Buk”?) Or was the plane not destroyed from the ground at all?
Scene from Black Sunday directed by John Frankenheimer, produced by Robert Evans, and based on a novel by Thomas Harris
Wikipedia: A proximity fuse aboard the missile determines when it will detonate, creating an expanding fragmentation pattern of missile components and warhead to intercept and destroy the target. A proximity fuse improves the “probability of kill” (or Pk) given the missile and target closure rates, which can be more than 2000 miles per hour / 3000 feet per second (or more than 3300 kilometers per hour / 900 meters per second).
The weight of the missile is 581 kg, including the 62 kg blast fragmentation warhead initiated by a dual-mode radar proximity fuze. Dimensions of the hull are 5.18 m length; 0.36 m maximum diameter. Range is 2.5–32 km in a 3S90M “Shtil-1” naval missile system. Altitude of targets from 15 m up to 15 km (and from 10 m to 10 km against other missiles). 9M317ME missiles can be fired at 2-second intervals, while its reaction (readiness) time is up to 10 s.
My name is Nelson Abdullah and I am Oldironsides.