Su-25K

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This page is about the premium Soviet strike aircraft Su-25K. For the regular version, see Su-25.
Su-25K
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Description

The Su-25K (NATO: Frogfoot; unified for all variants) is a premium gift rank VI Soviet strike aircraft with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Drone Age".

The export version of the base model Su-25 for Warsaw-Pact countries and overseas customers with minor differences in terms of certain equipment in Czechoslovakian delivery ; with the extensive options for ground attack ranging from bombs, rockets and AGMs, as well as self-defense AAMs, the Frogfoot will prove extremely deadly to ground units without anti-air support and sometimes rotorcrafts of its tier.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Drogue parachute
Reduces braking distance when landing on any runway
Max speed
at 1 000 m979 km/h
Turn time27 s
Max altitude11 000 m
Engine2 х UMPO R-95SH
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight18 t

Same as the base model in Soviet service, Su-25K is equipped with a pair of Tumansky R-195 turbofan engines on the sides of the airframe and being one of the last jets of Sukhoi with a straight wing. Since Su-25K is designated as an attacker and low-altitude maneuverability is one of the key of the jet, therefore it will have a better time at such altitudes and the power output of the engines will make sure it could retain its energy; another feature of Su-25s are the extensive protection all-around for the pilot and critical components of the jet, although this means it could survive gun strafes or even sometimes near-miss missiles, this also means the jet is heavier and therefore affects its maneuverability when facing certain jets.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 1,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 968 961 11000 27.4 28.0 66.8 62.4 850
Upgraded 989 978 26.6 27.0 94.2 79.4

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1,100 420 900 N/A 420 ~__ ~__
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< ___ < ___ < ___ N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
UMPO R-95SH 2 10,236 kg ___ kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Gross
Weight
Weight (each) Type 8m fuel 20m fuel 29m fuel
990 kg Axial-flow turbojet 11,106 kg 12,210 kg 13,136 kg 17,678 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 8m fuel 20m fuel 29m fuel MGW
Stationary 3,526 kgf N/A 0.63 0.58 0.54 0.40
Optimal 3,608 kgf
(200 km/h)
N/A 0.65 0.59 0.55 0.41

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear420 km/h

The Su-25K is known for its survivability, anecdotally being able to take a few missile hits without suffering any damage compromising its airworthiness, though this ability is inconsistent and should not be relied upon. The airframe is able to sustain rear hits from missiles with a small warhead, especially the FIM-92 Stinger. Occasionally the Su-25K is able to sustain continued hits from Stingers and Roland 1s.

128 flares/chaff launched two of each at a time provide the Su-25K with the chance to evade missiles, which should be the primary form of defense. A lack of afterburner increases flare effectiveness, only very modern missiles such as aim-9L are able to track the aircraft from behind. Chaff only defends against radar locks from behind the aircraft.

The aircraft remains decently controllable upon loss of tail control, wingtips, or an engine. The aircraft remains near-fully controllable upon loss of the rudder and occasionally can fly without the vertical stabilizer.

The fuel tanks are self-sealing and the aircraft has an engine fire extinguishing system. A single section of fuel tank is protected by 18 mm of steel.

The cockpit is very well armoured. The pilot is protected on the front and sides by 24 mm of titanium alloy, the bottom and rear of the pilot is covered by 10 mm of titanium alloy. Additionally there is 57 mm thick bulletproof glass in the front of the cockpit.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB5 400 Sl icon.png
RB5 400 Sl icon.png
SB5 400 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 210 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 600 Ge icon.png
Research Aces2 020 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 90 / 210 / 350 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 226 / 226 / 226 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
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New boosters
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Wings repair
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Engine
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Fuselage repair
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Mods ammo.png
GSh-30-2_belt_pack
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods napalm fire bomb.png
ZB-500
Mods pilon block rocket.png
S-8KO
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff
Mods weapon.png
GSh-30-2_new_gun
Mods pilon bomb.png
FAB-250
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
S-24
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods agm missile.png
Kh-25
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods gunpods.png
Gun pod SPPU-22-01
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
FAB-500
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S-25
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods agm missile.png
Kh-29L
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ns23_belt_pack
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B-13L
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EFS

Armaments

Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs) CCRP (Bombs)
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Offensive armament

Main article: GSh-30-2 (30 mm)

The Su-25K is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 1 x 30 mm GSh-30-2 cannon, chin-mounted (250 rpg)
    • 1 x 30 mm GSh-30-2 cannon + 128 x countermeasures

Suspended armament

Main articles: Kh-25, Kh-25ML, Kh-29L, S-25L, R-60MK
Main articles: S-5K, S-8KO, S-13OF, S-24B
Main articles: S-25O, S-25OF, S-25OFM

The Su-25K can be outfitted with the following ordnance presets:

  • Without load
  • 2 x R-60MK missiles + 32 x 100 kg OFAB-100 bombs (3,200 kg total)
  • 2 x R-60MK missiles + 8 x 250 kg OFAB-250sv bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 2 x R-60MK missiles + 8 x 500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs (4,000 kg total)
  • 2 x R-60MK missiles + 8 x ZB-500 incendiary bombs
  • 2 x R-60MK missiles + 256 x S-5K rockets
  • 2 x R-60MK missiles + 160 x S-8KO rockets
  • 2 x R-60MK missiles + 40 x S-13OF rockets
  • 2 x R-60MK missiles + 8 x S-24B rockets
  • 2 x R-60MK missiles + 8 x S-25O rockets
  • 2 x R-60MK missiles + 4 x Kh-25ML missiles
  • 2 x R-60MK missiles + 2 x Kh-29L missiles
  • 2 x R-60MK missiles + 4 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons (250 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 2 x R-60MK missiles + 2 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons + 120 x S-8KO rockets
  • 2 x R-60MK missiles + 4 x S-25O rockets + 4 x 500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs (2,000 kg total)

Custom loadout options

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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23 mm GSh-23L cannons (250 rpg) 1 1 1 1
100 kg OFAB-100 bombs 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
250 kg OFAB-250sv bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
ZB-500 incendiary bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
S-5K rockets 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32
S-8KO rockets 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
S-13OF rockets 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
S-24B rockets 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
S-25O rockets 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
S-25OF rockets 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
S-25OFM rockets 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Kh-25 missiles 1 1 1 1
Kh-25ML missiles 1 1 1 1
Kh-29L missiles 1 1
R-60MK missiles 1 1
S-25L missiles 1 1 1 1
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 1,500 kg

Usage in battles

The Su-25K is a support plane. It is a slow plane compared to most other planes, therefore altitude is important since you are likely to Boom and Zoom. You need to look around constantly to prevent unexpected attacks. Your main worries will be planes like the A-5C or the F-5C. Those planes are fast and can dogfight you. Gain altitude and pick on unsuspecting targets. Your R-60MK missiles are very good but shooting them at 3 km distance will be the most efficient. You can also save your missiles if you're caught in a head-on, or you can spray your guns. If you see tough enemies which are alert of your presence, try engaging them first.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Excellent firepower from the GSh-30-2 cannon, having high shell velocity and a powerful punch
  • Durable airframe capable of surviving multiple hits
  • Access to all-aspect R-60MK missiles with excellent performance
  • Decent acceleration
  • Wide array of air-to-ground armament with possibility to create custom loadouts

Cons:

  • Relatively low top speed
  • Rather poor manoeuvrability at low-medium speeds
  • Can reach its rip speed in level flight if not careful
  • Big size makes it an easy target to hit

History

As one of the export jets of Soviet Union then later Russia and Georgia (the Tbilisi Aircraft Plant), the Su-25K has been exported to every major continents of the world in different amounts with some victories against their enemies; with most of the users being Eurasian countries.

Records showed that Czechoslovakia, one of the Warsaw-Pact countries until late 1980s, received their batches of 36 Su-25Ks and 2 UBK trainers from Soviet Union in 1984 as the composition of the 30th Attack Air Regiment in Pardubice Airbase then later 1st Mixed Air Corps in 1990; after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the succeeding Czech Republic and Slovakia split their inventories with Czech receiving 2/3 (24 25Ks and an UBK) of these jets while Slovakia received the remaining ones in 1993. Both countries didn't used their Frogfoot in any combat operations or intended for any further service in respective air forces where Czech decommissioned their Frogfoot in December 2000 while Slovakia sold most of their Frogfoots to Armenia in mid-2000s.[1] [2]

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See also

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