Likely No Russian SAMs on Arctic Sea
According to the Jamestown Foundation, it would be structurally impossible to place the bulky and complex S-300 missile components on the MV Arctic Sea, as some have speculated:
An operational S-300 antiaircraft complex consists of radars, control stations, missile launchers and service vehicles. The radars and launchers are based on heavy 8 or 10 wheel transporters. The Arctic Sea is not a big ship -4,700-ton water displacement. It could possibly carry an S-300 antiaircraft complex, but it would have occupied the entire deck and hull. The Finnish port authorities state that when the ship came to load with timber, its hull and deck were clear (Interfax, September 8). Some contraband could have been stashed away somewhere on board the Arctic Sea, but concealing an entire S-300 complex is physically impossible. Separate S-300 missiles are also bulky (2.8 tons together with launch container) and without specialized launchers, radars and control centers they are useless.
Another question I have: if it was Israeli’s who are supposed to have hijacked the Arctic Sea, where did they go? None of the 8 so-called pirates now in custody, “Russian-speaking residents of Estonia and Latvia” are Jewish citizens, as far as we know.
H/T to Information Dissemination.