Russian ‘Stolen’ Missile Exploded in scrap, Killing Two.

Russia: 10 m long (35 ft) Soviet-era anti-aircraft missile exploded at a recycling centre in eastern Russia, killing two and injuring one.

The incident came to light about the explosion of the large-scale missile in the city of Chita after a YouTube user uploaded a car dashcam video showing the moment of the blast.

It was discovered that the seven-tonne missile “had been stolen” from a military base by persons unknown and taken to the facility in exchange for cash. It had likely exploded while recycling workers were trying to dismantle it.

The missile was an S-200 Angara, known as the SA-5 “Gammon” in Nato countries. They have been in service since the 1960s, but are nowadays superseded by the S-300 and S-400 surface-to-air models.

The incident has ignited lively discussion on Russian social media, with many asking on popular social network Vkontakte how it came to be at a recycling plant in the first place.

Demid Tkachenko asked, “What was a missile doing at a nonferrous scrap metal collection point?”

“We’ve got so many rusty weapons in Russia that people are selling for scrap,” added Mayya Yarovaya, who said that the consequences of this incident “are tragic”.

By: Simran Dhingra


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