Radar experts confirm previous conclusion of the JIT
3 april 2018 - Landelijk Parket
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that investigates the downing of flight MH17 had two independent radar experts examine the radar images provided by the Russian Federation. The findings by these radar experts show that a BUK-missile could have been fired from the firing location established by the JIT without it being visible on the radar images.
Furthermore, the radar experts confirm that no other aircraft near MH17 are visible on the radar images provided. The JIT consists of the police and judicial authorities of The Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and the Ukraine.
In September 2016 the JIT announced that they, through incontrovertible evidence, have been able to establish that flight MH17 was downed on 17 July 2014 by a 9M38-series BUK-missile and that this was launched from an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi in East-Ukraine.
At and around the time of the downing of MH17, no BUK-missile can be seen on the radar images provided by the Russian Federation. According to the authorities of the Russian Federation, this means therefore, the missile could not have been launched from Pervomaiskyi. If that had been the case, then the missile should have been visible on the radar images from the “Ust-Donetsk” radar station, according to a spokesman from the Russian Prosecutor-General’s Office in August 2017. (http://tass.com/world/962082)
The JIT already concluded that the fact a BUK-missile is not visible on radar images, does not mean that no BUK-missile had flown in the airspace. The radar images provided by the Russian Federation were examined by two radar experts appointed by the examining magistrate. These experts endorse this conclusion by the JIT. The absence of the BUK-missile on the radar images can be explained for several reasons, according to the experts.
A BUK-missile launched from the launching location established by the JIT need not be visible on the radar images of the radar station Ust-Donetsk at all. An important explanation of the absence of the BUK-missile on the radar images lies in the flight properties of a BUK-missile. An example of such a flight property is the speed of the missile. Because of the fact that this speed is much higher than the speed of civil aircraft, the settings of a civil radar station will ensure that such fast objects generally are not visible on the radar images. This is to prevent “clutter” on the radar image.
'Australia recognises and appreciates the findings of the independent experts’ assessments of the radar images provided by the Russian Federation’, says Peter Crozier, Commander of the Australian Federal Police, in a reaction to the results of the experts’ examination. ‘The findings are consistent with the previously articulated position of the JIT.’
Both the radar images and the experts’ reports have been added to the file.
Following the link on the right hand of this page you will find a summary of the reports by the radar experts and a survey of the requests for legal assistance from the Public Prosecution Service and reactions from the Russian authorities in so far as these relate to the radar images.