What's a Buk? What to Know About the Cold War Missile That Downed MH17

October 13, 2015 3:31 PM

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What's a Buk? What to Know About the Cold War Missile That Downed MH17

The surface-to-air missile that Dutch investigators say downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is a deadly remnant from the hottest days of the Cold War.

Russia-made Buk warheads, first built in the 1970s, are capable of shooting down aircraft up to 18 miles away. But the radar system that guides the missiles are designed for war zones, and are not capable of distinguishing between military and civilian planes.

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