SU-25 Frogfoot Fighter
Heavily armoured attack and anti-tank aircraft. The Sukhoi Su-25 is a well-armoured aircraft, capable of carrying a large load under its shoulder-placed wing. Compared to its US counterpart, the A-10, it is faster and more agile. The Su-25 saw combat in Afghanistan, and experience there led to major improvements. A navalized version was built for the large carriers. Late models have more powerful R-195 engines.
This Ground-Attack plane , the A-10 soviet in a way, constitute for the soviet strength a real
bomb truck... The development of the Sukhoi Su-25 started at the end of years 60 by the Sukho¨ı office when needs in Ground-Attack planes had himself felt cruelly. The first produced units fell to pick indeed for the red army that able to directly put them in service to sides of the Mi-24 ” hind ” in missions of destruction of armored and of bombing at the time of the war of Afghanistan. In 1984 losses to the fight of the Sukhoi Su-25 began to become pr´eocuping ? ... A new project of Frogfoot was launched therefore in the goal to fill his main hiatuses: limited survivability, lack of all-weather capacity, insufficient action radius and avionics limits. This new model was developed from the two-seater version for reasons of space. This Su-25T again called Su-34 took air for the first time the 17/08/1984. As to the habit at Sukho¨ı, it exists a big number of versions of the Frogfoot.
The Sukhoi Su-25 ” Frogfoot-A ” is the first of the one-seater versions able to carry away 6 400 kg of bombs. His version of export is designated Su-25K. The Su-25UB ” Frogfoot-Bs ” are the version in tandem of practice. His version of export is the Su-25UBK. The Su-25UT ” Frogfoot-B ” are the same version that the Su-25 UBS but destitute of arming and rebaptis´e Su-28. The Su-25UTG (G as Gak : landing (crosse) is an identical version to the UT but provided this time of a langing (crosse) for use on aircraft carrier.
The Sukhoi Su-25T is a version identical one-seater in his structure at Su-25UT intended to the attack anti-tank that specified higher how has been modernized entirely and improven. His version of export is the Su-25TK. The Su-25BM is a version of target tow and the Su-34 is the new designation of the Su-25T. Engineers pulled in particular for this greatly gone version of teachings of the Afghan war his survivability in intense anti-aircraft environment. The Sukhoi SU-25 Frogfoot has been produced to more of 330 copies and his users are Russia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Iraq, ex-Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan.
Main versions Sukhoi SU-25 Frogfoot
Su-25 Frogfoot-A: One-seater initial version.
Su-25K: Version of export of the Su-25A.
Su-25UB Frogfoot-B : Two-seater training version.
Su-25UBK: Version of export of the Su-25UB.
Su-25UTG: Version endowed of a landing (crosse).
Su-25TP: Version in maritime attack development.
Su-25T/Su-34: Modernized version and improven.
Su-25TK: Version of export of the Su-25T.
The Sukhoi Su-25 was designed as a low level attack aircraft used in support of ground forces, much like the A-10 Thunderbolt II. Titanium, 24 mm thick, is used to protect the cockpit and other vital components from ground fire, while the internal fuel tanks are lined with a special foam to help protect against explosion. A two-seat variant was later designed as the Su-25UB, and an un-armed version was built the Sukhoi Su-25UT, which later became the Su-28. Poor combat performance of the Su-25 in Afghanistan led to a much improved ’Frogfoot’, named the Su-39. Designed from the Su-25UB, the Su-39 included wing-tip ECM pods, chaff/flare dispensers, IR jammer, and a new navigation and attack system which provided fully automatic weapon selection and release.
General Characteristics Sukhoi SU-25 FrogfootPrime contractor: Sukhoi Design Bureau
Nation of origin: Russia
In-service year: 1978
Engine: Two Tumansky R-195 non-afterburning turbofans, 9,921 lb thrust each
Wing span: 14.36 m / 47 ft 2 in
Length: 15.53 m / 50 ft 2 in
Height: 4.8 m / 15 ft 9 in
Weight: 20,950 lb empty / 38,800 lb max. take off
Ceiling: 22,965 ft
Attack speed: 690 km/h / 428 mph
Max speed sea level: 975 km/h / 606 mph
Range: 1,250 km / 777 miles
Armament: One AO-17A 30mm twin-barrel cannon with 250 rounds, plus 9,700 lb including Kh-23/25/29 ASMs, laser-guided bombs, cluster bombs, S-5 57mm rockets, S-8 80mm rockets, S-24 240mm rockets, S-25 330mm rockets, Gsh-23 23mm twin-barrel gun pods with 260 rounds each, R-3S/60 AAMs, or four fuel tanks on ten external points.