This is coolbert:
That missile, a SAM [surface-air-missile] having shot down the MH17 identified tentatively as a SA-17 Grizzly. Called "Buk" by the Russian.
Originally was the SA-11 Gadfly.
Improved version the SA-17 so as to prevent confusion. But in all cases deadly.
"Malaysia plane downed by top Russian export"
"Russian-made SAM has long held the respect of the world’s militaries"
"WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The downing of a Malaysian Boeing 777 over Ukraine by suspected separatists using a Russian-made “Buk” surface-to-air missile, or SAM, is a grim reminder of a Cold War truism."
"Russian SAMs are some of the deadliest in the business."
With regard to deadly, this being so at the tactical and strategic level both. A whole panoply of such weapon systems existing, very sophisticated and deadly hardware. SAM and AAA [anti-aircraft-artillery] BOTH!