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Ukraine seizes missile components destined for Iran

23 January 2017

A photo released by the DPSU shows components from 9P135-series ground launching systems found on the Iran-bound airliner on 19 January: two 9S474-series processing units from the 9S451-series ground control equipment and one traversing box from the 9P56-series base launcher. (Border Guard Service of Ukraine)A photo released by the DPSU shows components from 9P135-series ground launching systems found on the Iran-bound airliner on 19 January: two 9S474-series processing units from the 9S451-series ground control equipment and one traversing box from the 9P56-series base launcher. (Border Guard Service of Ukraine)

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (DPSU) announced on 20 January that it had found missile system components on an aircraft that was about to leave Kiev's Zulyany airport for Iran.

The DPSU said that, during an inspection of the aircraft on 19 January, its personnel had found 17 boxes with no accompanying documents, which the aircraft's crew said contained an aircraft repair kit. Three boxes contained components that were believed to be for a Fagot anti-tank guided missile system, the rest contained aircraft parts.

The DPSU released a second statement the following day saying that experts had confirmed that the components were from a Fagot system.

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A photo released by the DPSU shows components from 9P135-series ground launching systems found on the Iran-bound airliner on 19 January: one (left) 9Sh119M1 sight and (right) traversing box from the 9P56-series base launcher. (Border Guard Service of Ukraine)A photo released by the DPSU shows components from 9P135-series ground launching systems found on the Iran-bound airliner on 19 January: one (left) 9Sh119M1 sight and (right) traversing box from the 9P56-series base launcher. (Border Guard Service of Ukraine)



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