Another Russian Su-25 crashed on Sept. 23 of 2013, the pilot died. Flights all Su-25 were immediately suspended pending clarification of the crash. This is the 17th Su-25 lost over the last decade, and this is not something unusual for Russian military aircraft are in service with the 1980s. Despite these losses, the Su-25 as before remains popular aircraft. With decent service Su-25 is very effective. Since 1978 it has been made more than a thousand of these aircraft and their creation and modernization do not stop. In 2006, after seven years of work, Our homeland has adopted the first two upgraded Su-25SM. 6 more aircraft were delivered during the year. Our homeland is as before export customers wanting to buy as cheap fly the Su-25 and a machine of the highest class, which is the new or renovated Su-25SM.
Our homeland as before retains its own fleet of Su-25. Back in 1999, Our homeland has decided to update its own 80 Su-25 aircraft modifications to the SM. In addition to improving life for 10 or more years, Su-25SM is equipped with the latest electronics, allowing him to use «smart» bombs and missiles. The navigation system has also been upgraded, including GPS and many other automation. Were installed many advanced components, reducing the need for maintenance on the third part. Currently, Our homeland is planning to keep in service for about 80 Su-25 to the 2030s. For this purpose, it may be necessary once or more upgrading steps.
Su-25 is a 17-ton plane carrying 30-mm twin-barrel cannon (with 250 rounds) and up to 5 tons of bombs and missiles (including missile air-to-air). Twin-engine, single-seat aircraft has a combat radius of 380 km and a maximum speed of 900 km per hour. This is the Russian equivalent of the South American A-10, subjected to similar upgrades for life extension.
The design of the Su-25 in fact more like a 19-ton South American A-9, who participated in the competition with 23-ton A-10. Speed Su-25 and A-9, about 14 percent higher than that of A-10. But the A-10 is more stable in flight aircraft and even more resistant to battle damage. Protected from fire small guns, A-10 and Su-25 is very effective against ground targets. A-10 also has a unique 30-mm cannon in addition to 7 tons of bombs. A-9 could carry 8 tons, in addition to the same 30-mm cannon.