Tactical Flight Training Of Su-25SM Aircraft

Tactical Flight Training Of Su-25SM Aircraft

These are pictures of the recent tactical flight training of attack aircraft held at the air base “Chernigovka” in Primorye (Far East of Russia).

By now Su-25 are the only planes able to carry the highly powerful complex of armament for destruction of ground and air targets (air bombs, aircraft guns, free flight air-to-ground missiles and guided air-to-air missiles.

Su-25SM has ten external load points, it can carry 32 types of weapons.

In the nose part the craft has a cannon mounting VPU-17A with a twin-barelled 30 mm cannon GSH-30-2. It is intended to destroy armored vehicles, unsheltered manpower, air targets at medium and short ranges.

Original Su-25, that began to fly on February 22, 1975 and were put into operation in 1981, did not participate this time. They used Su-25SM – comparatively new modification.

As opposed to the old version, this one has absolutely new electronics, electronic indicator on the windscreen and multi functional indicator. Airframe and mechanical parts remained the same.

Combat training aircraft.

Together with Su-25 and Su-25SM the Chernigov base has combat training Su-25UB. Its cabin accomodates two persons – instructor and trainee.

The cabs of all planes belonging to the Su-25 family – all-welded capsules made from titanium armor – perfect protection for pilots. Armor plates are 6-25 mm thick, rear part of the cab is covered with a back protective armor (6 mm).

Cockpit enclosure windscreen is armored too. The cockpit has catapult seats K-36L.

Preparations for a flight takes much time. While equipment is prepared, crew members have a briefing.

Drag chute opening.

Getting ready for another flight.

Loading unguided missiles.

Thanks to smitsmitty for the pictures!


6 thoughts on “Tactical Flight Training Of Su-25SM Aircraft”

  1. I wonder how wonderful country Russia would be if they’d concentrate improving the country instead of spending money for stupid war manouvers. How much good would that money do for the country that is now spent for military purposes?? Stupid, stupid…

    • Sergei, you’re a fool.

      – Russia has many enemies
      – many armies have passed through Russia
      – Russia has the largest border in the world
      – the US and its buddies want to dismember or dramatically weaken Russia

      Ergo, Russia needs to have a powerful deterrent, namely a powerful, modern military.

      With a name like Sergei you should know this, but then, you’re probably Ukrainian.

    • “Sergei”, Tell that to the Americans. They can’t cover at all their gigantic Military Budget every year, so their huge 18 Trillion Debt just keeps getting bigger with no stop sign in sight. I wonder how wonderful country the US would be if they concentrate in other things different from constant warmongering…

  2. Nice plane. I heard it’s a good, reliable training aircraft. Many nations also like the price, and buy it for ground attack, with good results.

  3. Don’t worry so much “Sergei”, this is a very cheap plane, and works fine. Russia spends 10 times less in armamament than the US, and has no debt problems, even with today’s trouble… Why so scared?


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