Su-25 Frogfoot

Operator: Sudan Iran Iraq
Status: In Service In Service In Service
Number: 15 6 20
Cost: Unknown 7 were initially seized from Iraq $500 million for 12 second-hand from Russia
6 purchased from Russia 5 were returned by Iran
Acquired: 2008-2010 1991 & 2006 2014
General Specs K variant
Country of origin: Russia (Soviet Union)
Role: Close air support aircraft
Manufacturer: Sukhoi Design Bureau
Introduced: 1979
Power plant: 2 x Tumanski R-195
Thrust: 9,920.8 lbs (4,500 kgf)
Wingspan: 47.6 ft (14.5 m)
Length: 49.5 ft (15.1 m)
Height: 15.7 ft (4.8 m)
Weight (empty): 21,605.3 lbs (9,800 kg)
Maximum takeoff weight: 42,549.2 lbs (19,300 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 7,716.2 lbs (3,500 kg)
Speed: 590.3 mph (950 km/h)
Ceiling: 22,965.9 ft (7000 m)
Range: 621.4 miles (1,000 km)
1,149.5 miles (1,850 km) w/ 4 x external tanks
Crew: 1 (K variant) or 2 (UBM variant)
Armament: 11 x hardpoints or 8,818.5 lbs (4,000 kg)
Guns: 1 x GSh-30-2 30mm cannon (250 rounds)
Air-to-air: AA-2 (K-13)
AA-8 (R-60)
Air-to-ground: S-5 57mm rockets
S-8 80mm rockets
S-24 240mm rockets
S-25 330mm rockets
Kh-23 Grom (AS-7 Kerry) air-to-surface missile
Kh-28 (AS-9 Kyle) anti-radiation missile
Kh-25 (AS-10 Karen) anti-radar missile
Kh-29 (AS-14 Kedge) air-to-surface missile
FAB-250 bomb
FAB-500 bomb
KAB-500 laser-guided bomb (LGB)
Variety of unguided improvised bombs or barrel bombs
Radar/Sensors: Klen-PS Laser target designator
DISS-7 Doppler radar
Countermeasures/Defenses: SRO-15 radar warning system
Automatic passive jamming emission
Active jamming transmitter (external pod)
Armor around the cockpit
Misc Systems: GPS navigation
SO-69 Identify friend or foe (IFF) transponder
Radios for communication with ground troops
Notes: In 1991 Iraq flew seven of its Su-25 to Iran to avoid being destroyed by coalition air power in the first Gulf War. Iran seized the aircraft and only returned five in 2014 when the Islamic State threatened Baghdad.



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