Su-25 Frogfoot  Attack aircraft. First flight: 1975 © Konstantinos Panitsidis

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A single-seat subsonic armoured attack aircraft powered by two R-95Sh 4,100-kgf turbojet engines. The Su-25 prototype powered by R9-300 engines made its maiden flight on 22 February, 1975. Since 1979, the aircraft has been under series production at the Tbilisi aircraft plant. 

In 1985, a twin-seat version production was started at the Ulan-Ude plant. Since the mid-nineties, that plant has been building single-seat variants too. By 2001, a total of over 1,300 Su-25s in all versions have been made.

 

Su-25. MAKS-2007 © Konstantinos Panitsidis

Su-25. MAKS-2007 © Konstantinos Panitsidis

 

The Su-25 served as the basis for deriving the following variants: 
the Su-25UB twin-seat combat trainer whose maiden flight was made on 10 August 1985; 
Su-25UT (Su-28) twinseat trainer carrying no weapons (1987); 
Su-25BM target hauler (1990); 
Su-25T single-seat attack aircraft fitted with the Shkval sight and Vikhr ATGM system (its maiden flight was made on 17 August, 1984); 

Su-25K and Su-25UBK export versions of the Su-25 and Su-25UB (exported to Angola, Iraq, the PDRK and Czechoslovakia during 1984-1989). 

In 2001, an upgrade programme for Russian Air Force Su-25 and Su-25UB attack aircraft was launched. Modernised Su-25SM singleseat attack aircraft will be retrofitted with a novel sight/navigation suite comprising an advanced digital computer, a LCD-based cockpit management system, a satellite navigation receiver and an uprated radionavigation equipment. This will result in enhanced navigation and attack accuracy.

 

Su-25UTG. MAKS-2007 © Konstantinos Panitsidis

Su-25UTG. MAKS-2007 © Konstantinos Panitsidis

 

The Su-25UBM twinseat upgrade is going to receive in addition the Kopyo radar to step up its combat capabilities.

  


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DESIGNER
OKB Sukhoi
COUNTRY
Russia
TYPE
Attack aircraft
CREW
1
POWER-PLANT
Two jet, R-195
Thrust, kN
2 x 44.13
DIMENSIONS
 
Length, m
15,36
Height, m
4,80
Wing span, m
14,36
Wing area, m2
33,70
WEIGHT
 
Empty aircraft, kg
9.500
Normal take-off, kg
14.600
Maximum take-off, kg
17.600
Internal fuel, kg
5.000
PERFORMANCE
 
Maximum speed, km/h
Μ=0,82
Max speed in low height, km/h
975
Combat range, km
1.250 (750)
Service ceiling, m
7.000-10.000
Maximum overload, g
6.5
ARMAMENT 30 mm two-barrel cannon GSh-30-2 with 250 rounds.
Warload - 4340 kg in 8(10) hardpoints, normal -1.340 kg.
8-10 x 500, 250 kg bombs, 32 x 100 kg bombs, napalm tanks, rokets 8-10 ML UB-32-57 (320 (252) x 57 mm) or 8-10 240 mm, packets UR S-5 (57 mm), S-8 (80 mm), S-24 (240 mm) x S-25 (340 mm).
Air-to-air missile, Air-to-surface missile Kh-25ML, Kh-29L and S-25L. SPPU-22 pods with 23-mm cannon GSh-23L with 260 rounds.