Shooting Down MH17: How Hard Would It Be To Take Down A Passenger Jet With A Buk Missile System?

Shooting Down MH17: How Hard Would It Be To Take Down A Passenger Jet With A Buk Missile System?

"It requires an extensive crew, a dozen men, and they all have to be highly trained," said Steve Zaloga, a senior analyst at Teal Group in Fairfax, Virginia, and an expert in Russian military technology. "Some of the tasks are less complicated, like more administrative tasks, but difficult training is required either way."

According to Zaloga, it's not as if the pro-separatists just found the launcher and pointed it at the aircraft. First of all, operating the launcher typically requires two or three other other radar vehicles and a supporting command system.

"All of the vehicles have to interact together at the same time, which is why the U.S. government is suspicious about who was helping them use the equipment," Zaloga said.

Tags Buk, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Missiles, Russia Media Outlet: International Business Times Featured Analyst Steven J. Zaloga

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