Politics 11 photos of the Su-25, the Russian aircraft that was shot down over Syria

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They've both been called "flying tanks."

Syrian rebels shot down a Russian Su-25 Groch, or "Rook" in Russian, over Idlib province on Saturday.

The pilot safely ejected, but was killed on the ground after getting into a gunfight with the rebels, possibly blowing himself up with a grenade.

The Su-25 is a ground attack aircraft similar to the US A-10 Thunderbolt II, or "Warthog."

They're both heavily armored. They're both able to execute extremely low-altitude sorties and bombing raids. And they've both even been described as "flying tanks."

Production on the Su-25, which the US calls the "Frogfoot," and the A-10 Warthog both began in the 1970s, and they've since been used quite extensively.

Check it out below:

Production on the Su-25 began in 1978, while the A-10 Thunderbolt II was put into production in 1972.

Production on the Su-25 began in 1978, while the A-10 Thunderbolt II was put into production in 1972. play

Production on the Su-25 began in 1978, while the A-10 Thunderbolt II was put into production in 1972.

(Russian Defense Ministry)

Source: National Interest.



The Su-25 has 10mm to 25mm of armor surrounding the cockpit to protect the pilot while performing low-altitude strafs.

The Su-25 has 10mm to 25mm of armor surrounding the cockpit to protect the pilot while performing low-altitude strafs. play

The Su-25 has 10mm to 25mm of armor surrounding the cockpit to protect the pilot while performing low-altitude strafs.

(Russian Defense Ministry)

Similarly, the A-10 Warthog has 1,200 pounds of titanium armor around the cockpit. These cockpits have been dubbed "armored bathtubs."

Source: National Interest and Popular Mechanics.



Su-25s generally carry 250 to 500 kilogram bombs and rockets, while the A-10 are often fitted with precision-guided munitions, like Maverick anti-tank missiles.

Su-25s generally carry 250 to 500 kilogram bombs and rockets, while the A-10 are often fitted with precision-guided munitions, like Maverick anti-tank missiles. play

Su-25s generally carry 250 to 500 kilogram bombs and rockets, while the A-10 are often fitted with precision-guided munitions, like Maverick anti-tank missiles.

(Russian Defense Ministry)

The Su-25s rockets range from "pods containing dozens of smaller 57- or 80-millimeter rockets, to five-shot 130-millimeter S-13 system, to large singular 240- or 330-millimeter rockets," the National Interest said.



However, the Su-25 can only carry about 8,000 pounds of munitions, while the A-10 can carry about 16,000 pounds.

However, the Su-25 can only carry about 8,000 pounds of munitions, while the A-10 can carry about 16,000 pounds. play

However, the Su-25 can only carry about 8,000 pounds of munitions, while the A-10 can carry about 16,000 pounds.

(Russian Defense Ministry)

Source: National Interest.



Here is a shot of a Russian mechanic loading the Su-25's 30mm GAU-8 cannon, which can fire 2,500 to 3,000 rounds a minute.

Here is a shot of a Russian mechanic loading the Su-25's 30mm GAU-8 cannon, which can fire 2,500 to 3,000 rounds a minute. play

Here is a shot of a Russian mechanic loading the Su-25's 30mm GAU-8 cannon, which can fire 2,500 to 3,000 rounds a minute.

(Russian Defense Ministry)

The A-10 Warthog is armed with a similar 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon, Popular Mechanics said, which can fire 3,900 round per minute.

Source: Popular Mechanics and The Aviationist.



The Su-25 also has a Gsh-30-2 30mm gun holding 260 rounds mounted under the nose. Below is a shot of the 30mm GAU-8 cannon rounds.

The Su-25 also has a Gsh-30-2 30mm gun holding 260 rounds mounted under the nose. Below is a shot of the 30mm GAU-8 cannon rounds. play

The Su-25 also has a Gsh-30-2 30mm gun holding 260 rounds mounted under the nose. Below is a shot of the 30mm GAU-8 cannon rounds.

(Russian Defense Ministry)

Source: National Interest.



While the Su-25 weighs less than the A-10, it also has a much faster top speed, topping off at 600 mph. Below is a shot of it taking off.

While the Su-25 weighs less than the A-10, it also has a much faster top speed, topping off at 600 mph. Below is a shot of it taking off. play

While the Su-25 weighs less than the A-10, it also has a much faster top speed, topping off at 600 mph. Below is a shot of it taking off.

(Russian Defense Ministry)

The A-10's top speed, on the other hand, is about 439 mph.

Source: National Interest.



At the same time, the Frogfoot has "shorter range and loiter time, can only operate at half the altitude."

At the same time, the Frogfoot has "shorter range and loiter time, can only operate at half the altitude." play

At the same time, the Frogfoot has "shorter range and loiter time, can only operate at half the altitude."

(Russian Defense Ministry)

Source: National Interest.



The Su-25 has been used extensively in Syria. In March 2016, the Frogfoot had completed more than 1,600 sorties and dropped more than 6,000 bombs in Syria in just 6 months.

The Su-25 has been used extensively in Syria. In March 2016, the Frogfoot had completed more than 1,600 sorties and dropped more than 6,000 bombs in Syria in just 6 months. play

The Su-25 has been used extensively in Syria. In March 2016, the Frogfoot had completed more than 1,600 sorties and dropped more than 6,000 bombs in Syria in just 6 months.

(Russian Defense Ministry)

The A-10 has also been deployed to Syria, and in October 2016, ISIS claimed to have shot one down, which the US coalition denied.

Source: Tass and Independent.



The Su-25s have also been used in multiple other conflicts over the past decades, including Macedonia, Ethiopia and Sudan.

The Su-25s have also been used in multiple other conflicts over the past decades, including Macedonia, Ethiopia and Sudan. play

The Su-25s have also been used in multiple other conflicts over the past decades, including Macedonia, Ethiopia and Sudan.

(Russian Defense Ministry)

It first saw combat in 1981 in Afghanistan, the National Interest said, where it flew more than 60,000 bombing raids and sorties. Su-25s were also used by Russia and Georgia during the 2008 Russo-Georgian War.

The A-10 has likewise seen combat in nearly every US conflict since the aircraft's inception.



While the US plans to retire the A-10 Warthog in 2022, Moscow wants to continue upgrading the Su-25 for years to come.

While the US plans to retire the A-10 Warthog in 2022, Moscow wants to continue upgrading the Su-25 for years to come. play

While the US plans to retire the A-10 Warthog in 2022, Moscow wants to continue upgrading the Su-25 for years to come.

(Russian Defense Ministry)

Four of the Su-25s newest version, the Su-25SM3, which features a SOLT-25 targeting system that allows pilots to better see targets at night and during bad weather, are expected to arrive in Syria in August or September, according to Southfront.org.

It's also fitted with new precision-guided weapons, such as the RBC SPBE 500-D, which is a 500 kilogram cluster bomb with an infrared-guided, anti-tank bomb that can penetrate 150mm to 160mm steel armor, according to the National Interest.

Source: National Interest.



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