A new report published by Iran said that the plane of Ukraine International Airlines fell on January 8. It came after being hit by two missiles launched from Russian-made TOR-M1 air defense systems. According to SCMP, Iran on January 21 confirmed that its armed forces were using the TOR-M1 air defense system. It was produced by Russia to shoot down a Boeing 737 aircraft of Ukraine International Airlines on January 8, killing 176 people.
The report of the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization said that the plane crashed due to the impact of two missiles launched from the TOR-M1 system.
TOR is an air defense system born from the Soviet era, used to fight aircraft and precision guided weapons. The TOR system is mounted on a carrier, with radar and eight rockets. TOR has a range of up to 12km and can hit targets flying 6km high.
Rockets fired from the TOR system often explode near the target, the shrapnel will destroy the engine, fuel tanks and other important parts. That is the main cause of the plane crashing.
The TOR-M1 system shot down Ukrainian aircraft in a package of 29 air defense systems that Russia delivered to Iran in 2017. This is part of a $ 700 million arms deal.
Images collected in the sky over the capital Tehran on January 8 show two missiles were launched towards the aircraft. Rocket explosions are about 20 seconds apart. The plane then exploded and created a fireball when it fell from the air to the ground.
On January 8, an Ukraine International airline crashed just minutes after taking off from Tehran. They killed all 176 people present on the flight. Iran initially claimed the plane had crashed due to a technical error, but was forced to admit its armed forces shot down the plane.
The incident took place on the day Iran attacked two US military bases in Iraq in response to the US air strike on the killing of Commander Qassem Soleimani. Iranian officials said the Ukraine International plane flew near a sensitive military position when it was shot down. The video extracted from security cameras showed two missiles fired 30 seconds apart, which dropped an Ukrainian plane, killing all 176 people.