Su-25SM3

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AV-8A Harrier Pack
This page is about the Soviet strike aircraft Su-25SM3. For other versions, see Su-25 (Family).
Su-25SM3
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Su-25SM3
AB RB SB
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Description

After the gradual decline of the post-Soviet economy in Russia, the Su-25T and its subsequent TM modernizations were cancelled due to high costs. Instead, a more "affordable" modernization was ordered to be developed. Sukhoi OKB faced multiple delays in this project, mainly due to the merging of Sukhoi with multiple other manufacturers such as Mikoyan and Illyushin into the nationalized "UAC" (United Aircraft Corporation) in 2006 to save costs even further. Eventually, the first Su-25SMs started entering service gradually, with initial batches being older Su-25 airframes upgraded to the SM standard rather than newly built airframes. However, the SM upgrade package mainly focused on making the Su-25 "cheap" rather than modern, with most of the upgrades being tailored to extend the service life and increase reliability while dropping operational costs. It would not be until 2018 that the new Su-25SM3 variant would enter service, being the first real "upgrade" to the modern Su-25 fleet. The SM3 featured the new SPO-150L "Pastel" radar warning receiver, along with an expanded countermeasures suite involving a new set of dispensers and the options for multiple ECM pods to be mounted. Since the Ka-50's Shkval targeting system (as used on the Su-25T) was too expensive and outdated, the Klen-PS targeting system of the original Su-25 was replaced with the SOLT-25 thermal tracking sight, with up to 16x zoom. The Su-25SM3 would see trial by fire almost instantly after entering service, being deployed by the Russian VVS for ground strike missions during the intervention in the Syrian Civil War. Experience gained from combat in Syria resulted in the final set of upgrades to the SM3 standard; the addition of a PrNK-25SM-1 "Bars" targeting and navigation system, and an SVP-24 ballistic bombing computer.

The Su-25SM3 is a modern Soviet strike aircraft introduced in Update "Alpha Strike". While it seems to be a downgrade from the previous Su-25T at first due to the lower air-to-air missile count and lack of 9K127 Vikhr ATGMs, the Su-25SM3 is far more than meets the eye. For starters, the Shkval laser sight was upgraded to the SOLT-25 thermal imaging and laser designator system, not only making this the only Su-25 with thermals but also the one with the largest zoom to its optics. Alongside that the Su-25SM3 gets an upgraded amount of countermeasures, a full 360-degree Missile Approach Warning (MAW) System, which warns you against any incoming threats (including IR missiles and SAMs) with the ability to auto-deploy flares. The real upgrade to the Su-25SM3 in the game, however, will be the venerable Kh-38ML and MT, which come in laser-guided and TV-guided modes respectively. The Kh-38MT is a true force to be reckoned with, being able to accurately target ground units from up to 40 Km (25 miles) away. All in all, the Su-25SM3 is a very deadly ground attacker and a worthy addition to the Frogfoot family, with the required potency and weapons to make short work from any enemy ground units from outside the SPAA range.

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-195
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight20 t

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

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 969 962 11000 27.4 27.9 69.1 60.3 850
Upgraded ___ ___ __._ __._ __._ __._

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 + -
0 420 ___ ___ ___ ~__ ~__
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< ___ < ___ < ___ -

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
UMPO R-195 2 _,___ kg ___ kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Gross
Weight
Weight (each) Type _m fuel __m fuel __m fuel
860 kg Axial-flow turbojet _,___ kg _,___ kg _,___ kg _,___ kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (___%/WEP)
Condition 100% ___%/WEP _m fuel __m fuel __m fuel MGW
Stationary ___ kgf ___ kgf _.__ _.__ _.__ _.__
Optimal ___ kgf
(_ km/h)
___ kgf
(_ km/h)
_.__ _.__ _.__ _.__

Survivability and armour

Flares/Chaff
Aircraft countermeasures to distract IR and radar-guided missiles and also AA radar
Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear420 km/h

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 662 → 4 429 Sl icon.png
RB6 956 → 11 574 Sl icon.png
SB10 193 → 16 961 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications322 600 Rp icon.png
500 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost3 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training310 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 080 000 Sl icon.png
Aces3 400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 280 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 310 / 600 % Sl icon.png
250 / 250 / 250 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods jet compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
8 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods booster.png
New boosters
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
610 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
8 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
560 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
610 Ge icon.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
MAW
Research:
8 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
GSh-30-2_belt_pack
Research:
8 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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ZB-500
Research:
8 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods agm missile.png
Kh-25
Research:
8 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
S-24
Research:
8 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
GSh-30-2_new_gun
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
FAB-250
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods agm missile.png
Kh-29L
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon rocket.png
S-25
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
520 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
560 Ge icon.png
Mods gunpods.png
Gun pod SPPU-22-01
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
560 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
FAB-500
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
560 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods agm missile.png
Kh-29T
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
560 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon block rocket large.png
B-13L
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
560 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon block rocket large.png
B-13L
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
560 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
EFS
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
610 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
ns23_belt_pack
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
610 Ge icon.png
Mods optical guided bomb.png
KAB-500Kr
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
610 Ge icon.png
Mods agm missile.png
Kh-38ML
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
610 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow right 0.png
Mods agm missile.png
Kh-38MT
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
610 Ge icon.png

Armaments

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

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

The Su-25SM3 is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 1 x 30 mm GSh-30-2 cannon (250 rpg) + 256 x countermeasures
    • 1 x 30 mm GSh-30-2 cannon + 28 x large calibre countermeasures + 256 x countermeasures

Suspended armament

The Su-25SM3 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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-250Sh bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
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
500 kg FAB-500Sh bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
500 kg KAB-500Kr-E bombs 1 1 1 1
ZB-500 incendiary bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
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
Kh-29TE missiles 1 1
Kh-38ML missiles 1 1 1 1
Kh-38MT missiles 1 1 1 1
R-73 missiles 1 1
S-25L missiles 1 1 1 1
820 l drop tanks 1 1 1 1
Maximum permissible loadout weight: 4,400 kg
Maximum permissible wing load: 2,200 kg
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 1,500 kg
Default weapon presets
  • 4 x 820 l drop tanks
  • 2 x R-73 missiles
  • 32 x 100 kg OFAB-100 bombs (3,200 kg total)
  • 8 x 250 kg OFAB-250sv bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 8 x 500 kg FAB-500M-62 bombs (4,000 kg total)
  • 8 x 250 kg OFAB-250Sh bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 8 x 500 kg FAB-500Sh bombs (4,000 kg total)
  • 8 x ZB-500 incendiary bombs
  • 4 x 500 kg KAB-500Kr-E bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 160 x S-8KO rockets
  • 8 x S-24B rockets
  • 40 x S-13OF rockets
  • 8 x S-25O rockets
  • 4 x S-25L missiles
  • 4 x Kh-25ML missiles
  • 2 x Kh-29L missiles
  • 2 x Kh-29TE missiles
  • 4 x 23 mm GSh-23L cannons (250 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 4 x Kh-38ML missiles
  • 4 x Kh-38MT missiles

Usage in battles

This may seem like a step down from the Su-25T or Su-39 at first, given that you lose the venerable 9K127 Vikhr air-to-ground missile pods, but between the SOLT-25 thermal tracking system and the Kh-38MT missiles, it's at worst a lateral move. The Kh-38MT missiles allow you to snipe ground targets from well over 20 km away, while the SOLT-25 allows for active tracking of targets, which makes taking out moving targets infinitely easier. It can also be used in a pinch to try to shoot down planes, but don't hold your breath there. While it loses a hardpoint compared to many other Su-25 variants, it helps to keep your loadout light anyway. Rolling with nothing but Kh-38s and R-73s is very viable in both RB and SB, as their incredible range turns you into a tank sniper and allows you to return to base for reloads extremely quickly.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Missile Approach Warning (MAW) System does a decent job throwing off many missile types
  • SOLT-25 thermal tracking sight has the highest zoom of any Su-25, and actively tracks most targets
  • The Kh-38 is an incredible air-to-ground missile.
  • Durable airframe
  • Accelerates and climbs well

Cons:

  • Loses a hardpoint, and forces you to choose between an air-to-ground weapon or a missile
  • No 9K127 Vikhr missiles
  • Slow, poor manoeuvres at low speeds

History

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Media

Skins
Videos

See also

Related development

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • other literature.


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