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  •  The Wiki entry on SA-11 (0+ / 0-)

    says there are several different models.

    Buk missile system

    Some of them have thermal camera tracking, and some are radar only.  I don't know what kind of image you would get and if it would be enough to differentiate a passenger liner with a cargo plane.

    •  Reported that the route the plane was on was (1+ / 0-)
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      ditsylilg

      well-traveled.

    •  So what is a 777? (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffSCinNY

      What a lot of people don't understand is that these things are used for both.  The 777 is an excellent cargo plane as is the 747.  I saw all manner of aircraft in Afghanistan including (incredibly) some DC-3s.  Absolutely no way to tell if some were "commercial" or "military" even in visual range.  

      Im not excusing anything but on a radar its just a blip.  

      It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

      by ksuwildkat on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 09:12:40 AM PDT

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      •  a trained operator would presumably know that (3+ / 0-)
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        ditsylilg, skillet, msdrown

        "this blip" is on a commercial flight path at a altitude that is traveled by civilian airliners, and has a transponder identifying it as a civilian airliner.  It was their responsibility to identify what they were shooting at.

        Necessity is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.-- Wm.Pitt the Younger

        by JeffSCinNY on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 09:35:53 AM PDT

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