January 10, 2020

What is SA-15, the air defense system that may have shot down a Ukrainian plane?

Featuring Will Mackenzie

Source: The Washington Post

Journalists Alex Horton, Siobhán O'Grady

The mixed messaging began almost immediately after a Ukrainian passenger jet crashed near Tehran early Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.

Iranian state media said the crash appeared to be the result of a malfunction. The Ukrainian Embassy in Tehran posted a similar assertion — then promptly deleted the statement. Now, U.S. and Canadian officials have said they have reason to believe that the plane was shot down by an Iranian air defense system — possibly by accident.

Read the full story and more in The Washington Post.

Authors

  • Will Mackenzie

    Research Associate, Defense Program

    Will Mackenzie is a Research Associate in the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He has a BA in International Affairs from American University a...