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attack
one or two
Tumansky
2 x 9,480 lbs. ea.
23,680 lbs.
45,200 lbs.
6,614 lbs.
4,156 lbs.
9,684 lbs.
1 x 30 mm
50 ft. 11 in.
47 ft. 1 in.
424 mph
606 mph
11,400 fpm
22,950 feet
780 miles
2/22/75
1981






Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot
Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot
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The Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot was designed as a close air support aircraft, primarily for use against tanks and armor of NATO forces. It has the ability to loiter over the battlefield, and striking targets as they present themselves. The aircraft is also capable of engaging helicopters, and relatively low speed fixed wing aircraft. It is the only dedicated close support aircraft deployed by Russia.

The Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot can operate out of rough forward based airfields, with engines that can operate on less than premium fuels found in a combat environment such as gasoline and diesel fuel. Although known by the West by its NATO name Frogfoot, pilots of the aircraft call it "Gratch" (rook) due to its ability to get to hard to find targets.

The twin barrel cannons of the Su-25 can pierce thick armor. The fuselage cannon fires 30 mm shells, and has a 250 round capacity. It can fire in short bursts at the rate of 3,000 rounds per minute. In addition, gun pods can be mounted below each wing housing 23 mm twin barrel cannons with 260 rounds of ammunition per cannon. The aircraft's eleven hardpoints are capable of carrying up to 9,684 lbs. of ordnance including air to air and air to ground missiles, anti-tank ordnance, cluster and laser guided bombs. Air to surface missiles include the Kh-23, NATO code name AS-7 Kerryl, Kh-25L, NATO code name AS-10 Karen, Kh-28, NATO code AS-9 Kyle, and Kh 29, NATO code name AS-14 Kedge. Air to air missiles include the K-13 NATO code AA-2 Atoll, or R-60, NATO code name AA-8 Aphid. The aircraft can also carry UV-32 - 57 mm 2.22 S-5, and B8M1 - 80 mm 3.12 in S-8 rocket pods, or S-24 240 mm 9.3 in. or S-25 330 mm 13 in. rockets. The aircraft carries a total of 256 decoy flares which are fired in clusters of 32. These are intended to keep heat seeking missiles from honing in on the aircraft.

The Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot was designed for a hostile environment. The pilot is surrounded by titanium armour for protection against shrapnel and ground fire. Rather than cable activated controls, the Su-25 uses heavy duty pushrods which are less likely to be damaged in combat.

Su-25 aircraft first saw action in Afghanistan and Iran/Iraq in 1981. As a result of combat evaluation, a number of modifications were made to the original production aircraft. The engines are housed in protective stainless steel bays for extra protection. The fuel tanks are foam filled to prevent explosions, and are armor plated on the undersides.

Variants of the Su-25 Frogfoot are operated by the Russian Air Force, Russian Naval Aviation Forces, and numerous air forces throughout the world. The aircraft is also produced as a two seat trainer. A total of 1,034 Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot aircraft of all types have been produced to date.



Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot
SuKhoi Su-25 Frogfoot

The Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot is a favorite slope soarer, in additional to being built as a EDF and pusher prop model.

Pictured immediately above and below is the great looking Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot slope soarer built by Brian Laird from Carl Maas Plans. It has a 48" wingspan, with a glass fiber fuselage and balsa over foamy wings. Controls are ailerons and elevator. Weight is around 45 oz.



Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot
SuKhoi Su-25 Frogfoot


Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot
SuKhoi Su-25 Frogfoot

That's Dave Garwood and his rc Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot slope soarer. Wingspan is 44" and controls are ailerons and elevator. The Su-25 Frogfoot plans are for sale at My Hobby Store.


SuKhoi Su-25 Frogfoot

The Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot slope soarer built from Kiona Publishing plans. Controls are ailerons and elevator.


Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot

Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot pusher prop built by Neil Straker. It is made from Depron, has a 34" wingspan, and is powered by a brushless Mega 16/15/4 motor.

Mr. UD of RC Groups started a construction thread for a Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot EDF. Its wingspan is 50", with a pair of brushless motors turning 53 mm fan units.

Sartor published three view drawings of the Su-25 Frogfoot to RC Groups.

Windknot of RC Groups was looking for Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot plans.

Robbie d of RC Groups was looking for Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot three view drawings.

At RC Groups darmar started a construction thread for a Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot. It has a 36" wingspan and is powered by two electric ducted fan units.

At RC Groups rict posted about wanting to build a 22" wingspan profile model Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot for indoor flying.

At RC Groups birdlives1955 was looking for plans for a Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot.

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