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That's not much above commercial jet altitude.
No one has denied the Su-25 can fly over its service ceiling. All aircraft can. However it cannot maintain that altitude and its performance will suffer. So how is an Su-25 going to overtake a 777 that's already faster than it at an altitude thousands of feet above its service ceiling?
It amazes me how many people still buy in to this Su-25 theory. The manufacturer of the Su-25 says its service ceiling is far below that of the 777.
The manufacturer of the BUK system says their product was responsible for MH17's fate. Not even Russia can commit to the Su-25 theory for more than a week at a time.
It is not faster, and it wasn't flying above the Su25's ceiling. Why do you ignore the proof in my op?
The Su-25UB trainer (Uchebno-Boyevoy) was drawn up in 1977. The first prototype, called "T-8UB-1", was rolled out in July 1985 and its maiden flight was carried out at the Ulan-Ude factory airfield on 12 August of that year. By the end of 1986, 25 Su-25UBs had been produced at Ulan-Ude before the twin-seater completed its State trials and officially cleared for service with the Soviet Air Force.[clarification needed]
It was intended for training and evaluation flights of active-duty pilots, and for training pilot cadets at Soviet Air Force flying schools. The performance did not differ substantially from that of the single-seater. The navigation, attack, sighting devices and weapons-control systems of the two-seater enabled it to be used for both routine training and weapons-training missions.
So this model wouldn't reach the height of MH 17, just as the SU 25 the Ukraine flies wouldn't.
Su-25 Su-25UB Su-25K Su-25UTG Su-25M1 Su-25UBM1
Almaz-Antay is not the government.
They can say so, but there are some problems with that.
Btw, due to the same expertise they were also able to determine that the BUK was fired from Ukrainian held territory.
They are the Russian governments expert what do you expect them to say?
Problem with his theory is that the major damage was from the front left side, so that puts that into question.