Confused malcontents swilling Chardonnay while awaiting the Zombie Apocalypse.
You did not need the brains of Lloyd George for this, within a second of launch satellites would have picked up trajectory and target and of course launch site , the Russians the Chinese the US the Israelis, the UK et al know instantly
Would they have been able to detect a surface to air missile from a mobile launcher?
INSTANTLY that they may not disclose their information because they may not want it know what they are doing or where they are etc
That's very interesting. It wouldn't have told anyone who fired the missile. The Russians deny it was them, of course, but it matters little if they supplied the mobile launcher to their allies in the civil war. I don't know how complex these mobile systems are or how much training an operator needs. I would guess that the Russians lent the operator to the resistance. But I don't know.
The US more than likely the Chinese (not sure about Israel as it is not an area of concern) but they all knew from the Second of launch what and where it was going and what was going to happen .
The Russians are also totally aware that many knew immediately what had happened
The systems are part of a relay of systems which identify civil and military aircraft , the plane was 100% known to be civilian BUT it is possible and be in no doubt that it MAY have been carrying peoples of importance or being used to transport high value products which were deemed necessary to be destroyed - it is never black or white
Interesting, as always. Thanks.