President of research and production concern "Sukhoi Attack Aircraft", chief designer of the Su-25 Vladimir Babak denies that the Malaysian Boeing could have been hit by this attack aircraft. He stated this in an interview with German NDR, WDR, and Süddeutsche Zeitung, published on Tuesday, March 10.
According to him, the Su-25 could have attacked the Boeing at a height of 3,000-4,000 meters, but it could not bring down a plane flying at an altitude of 10,500 m.
Babak, who has been working on this attack aircraft for about 30 years, explained that he and his team "designed this plane so that it can be used at low and medium altitudes."
The designer admitted that the aircraft can briefly rise to high altitudes, but in order to destroy the Boeing, which at the time of the disaster broke apart in the air, the Su-25 would have to be armed with heavy missiles. Babak noted that air-to-air missiles could only damage the Malaysian aircraft, but could not lead to what had happened.
He believes that many more factors suggest that the MH-17 was hit by a ground-to-air missile launched by a Buk system.
"I believe all allegations of the Su-25's involvement in the tragedy are attempts to cover the tracks. I cannot explain it any other way. We do not understand how the Su-25 could bring down the Boeing," the designer said adding that this attack aircraft is his "favorite baby."
The theory of the possible involvement of a Ukrainian Su-25 in the downing of the MH-17, which killed 298 passengers and crew members, was spread by representatives of the Russian General Staff and the Investigative Committee. The official Kyiv believes that the Malaysian plane was shot down by Donbas separatists using a Buk missile brought in from Russia. The Netherlands and Australia are also inclined to this scenario.