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Classified by NATO as SA-11 GADFLY, Buk missile
systems are advanced, radar-guided surface-to-air missile systems, or SAM in
military lingo. Four Russian SAM systems could knock down a passenger jet
flying at 33,000 feet, according
to Defense Tech
, the same altitude at which the Malaysian airliner was
flying when it was hit.

In the intercepted conversations, the Russian
officers and Kremlin-backed militants express relief in finally getting their
hands on a Buk-M system, one of four modified versions of the Russian SAM. Kyiv
believes the Russians in Donetsk Oblast used the Buk-M2 because Ukraine’s
military doesn’t have them in its arsenal.

Until recently, Ukraine had enjoyed relative air
superiority over the Kremlin-backed militants. 

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