Sukhoi SU-25 Frogfoot
|PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION):||May 2004|
|INSIDE:||200 b&w photos 8 page col section|
The Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot is one of the worlds most effective close air support aircraft and is the only true armoured attack aircraft still in production. The Russian definition of the category of aircraft is shturmovik.
State trials of the aircraft were completed in 1980 and it became operational the following year. During production a number of improvements were incorporated, derived from experience gained during operations in the Russian campaign Afghanistan.
Throughout the entire Afghan campaign, Su-25s launched a total of 139 guided missiles and each aircraft performed 360 sorties per year, considerably higher than any other combat type in Afghanistan.