Thursday, January 8, 2015

One Russian radar identified at 19 kms distance of MH17 launch site

Earlier I blogged and tweeted about a possible location for Russian radar near the Ukrainian border:
@stabilizec went out on the hunt and found an interesting photo from Russian soldier Alexey Artyushin.

Alexey has recently be transferred from Akhtubinskiy rayon:

to Kuybyshevskiy rayon near Ukrainian border:

Like this:

Which by the way is an indication that Russian troops are still moving TOWARDS Ukraine instead of away from it.

On the background of that last photo a radar installation can be seen:

Two identical radar antenaas can be seen on top of each other.
The photo is geotagged here (red circle):

The yellow dotted circle is the hill where Google Earth showed possible locations for radars. Geotagging may be a little bit inaccurate sometimes. So either this radar is indeed in the field as indicated because they may have different types on different spots, or it DOES show the location on the hill.
Unfortunately Google Earth has no recent satellite images of that field, so no confirmation from that direction yet.
Nevertheless, this radar is in this area! Alexey has a lot of other recent photos geotagged at the same area, that match with the neighborhood and current weather conditions:

@stabilizec also identified the radar on it:
The P-19T/TRS-2DL Radar is designed for detection and tracking all types of modern and advanced 'flying objects' at low and very low altitudes:

See this website for more information.

As such it may not have been able to have detected MH17 flying at 10 kms height. Nevertheless, this is only ONE TYPE of radar identified now. We always suspected they were there. We have determined the location and we have identified one type of radar. The other types will follow soon... :D.

For instance, look at this (other) location on the hill:

The vehicle in the yellow circle could very well be some type of radar, maybe even the BUK-radar. But the red circle shows some antenna as well. This may be used for communication between units over a longer distance.

To be complete, these are all the areas of interest:

Although some of these certainly will also be air-defence systems.

Excellent article about Russian radars.

@peterwijninga pointed to a video that shows that such a system has been brought in the North towards the Ukrainian border and as early as March 2014:

The Russian have radar installations at 3 kms distance from the Ukrainian border and 19 kms from the known MH17 launch site. One type has been identified, the other may follow.

Just as a reminder:

These individual units can be up to 35-40 kms distance and still communicate with each other. So the MH17 BUK at 19 kms distance must have had a command and control connection with the radars in Russia.

Great Australian info page on BUK systems. Provided by @marcelvandenber.

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