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Almaz-Antey | Press conference | October 13, 2015

The purpose of the full-scale experiment was to confirm or refute the results of the AlmazAntey report, presented at a press conference on June 2. Several tests were carried out in
order to check the theoretical conclusions.
The first test took place in late July. A fuselage was outfitted with an iron shell and
special detectors of submunitions, and metal panels were assembled in the shape of the left
engine. A missile was shot at an angle, as if from the region of Zaroshchenskoe. The results
of the ensuing field of debris were then programmed into a computer model of the Boeing777. Data from the MH17 incident were also incorporated into the model. The results
confirmed the Almaz-Antey report.
The second phase of testing was carried out on October 7. This full-fledged experiment
sought to test the version of events presented in the preliminary report of the international
commission, which concluded that the missile was launched from Snezhnoye region. A
decommissioned Il-86 aircraft, similar to a Boeing-777 in its aerodynamic, technical,
physical, and other parameters, as well as its fuselage design, was acquired for the test. A
supercomputer processed more than 14 million possibilities in determining the dynamic
and static positions of the missile and aircraft. A 9M38M1 missile with a 9N314M warhead
was fired at the aircraft.
The experiment refuted the preliminary explanation from the international commission,
which concluded that the launch was carried out from the Snezhnoye region. The nature of
damage to the aircraft at the angle in which the missile hit the aircraft during the
experiment was quite different than what the damage that actually occurred on the Boeing.
The submunitions primarily damaged the left side of the MH17 Boeing, primarily its
cockpit, left wing, left engine, and the left side of the tail. In the experiment to test the
findings of the international commission, the left engine of the Il-86 remained untouched.
The main concentration of damage, the so-called scalpel, passed entirely through the
cabin, meaning the right side of the aircraft could not remain intact. Thus, it must be
concluded that the rocket was not fired at the MH17 Boeing from Snezhnoye. This entirely
refutes the version of events presented by the international commission investigating the
According to the preliminary report of the international commission, the MH17 was shot
down by a 9M38M1 warhead with I-beam submunitions. In its experiment, Almaz-Antey
fired a modified 9M38M1 rocket with I-beam components, as the international commission
insists took place. A characteristic feature of detonation of a 9M38M1 missile is the
formation of two fronts of damage from the submunitions. The first contains lighter
fragments, while the second has the heavier I-beam elements, which have maximum
kinetic energy. As a result of contact with I-beam submunitions, the body of the aircraft
should display a pattern similar to that of a butterfly.
It is important to note that earlier versions of the 9M38 missile do not have "I-beam
submunitions; its damage appears in the form of a quadrilateral. In Soviet times, Ukraine
was supplied with these earlier versions of 9M38 missiles. Precise data on the number of

such munitions remaining in the Ukrainian army today is not available. It is important to
emphasize, though, that Russia no longer uses this kind of 9M38 missile. They have not
been issued to the Russian armed forces since 1986, and the last of them expired in 2011.
During the experiment, after the detonation of the missiles, the remnants of a butterfly
pattern from I-beam submunitions were detected on the body of the aircraft. However, we
know that none of these butterfly holes were found in the body of the downed MH17
Boeing. Rather, the damage was in the form of a quadrilateral, caused by an earlier
generation of the 9M38 missile. Thus, the full-scale experiment not only refutes the Dutch
version that the rocket was launched from Snezhnoye, but also that the missile used
9M38M1 ammunition.
Almaz-Antey carried out this full-scale experiment in a very tight time frame and had to
solve many problems, from finding a decommissioned aircraft to other logistical issues,
such as selecting a site for the experiment. When accounting for objective factors, as well as
logistics and time constraints, it was simply impossible to purchase a Boeing-77.
Nevertheless, the fuselage of the Il-86 aircraft, its design as a whole, and its aerodynamic,
technical, physical, and other parameters that would affect the reliability of the experiment,
are similar to those of the Boeing-777. Given all these features, and following consultations
with experts, the concerns leadership decided to buy a decommissioned Il-86 aircraft for
the experiment.
The 9N314M warhead for the first phase of the field experiment and the 9M38M1 rocket
for the second, full-experiment phase, were transferred to the concern from the stockpiles
of the Russian Defense Ministry. Almaz-Antey specialists prepared the rocket for the
experiment so that all of its characteristics fully corresponded to the forty-second flight.
Specialists and experts of the concern, including Dolgoprudny Scientific Production Plant,
as well as the V. V. Bakhirev State Scientific Research Institute of Mechanical Engineering
and Research Institute and the Central Scientific Research Institute of the Air Force of the
Russian Defense Ministry, attended the experiment.