Airbornewolf wrote:cracker wrote:wouldn't russian airforce be better served by SU-17M4 or MiG-27K instead of the SU-25?
For remember, those 2 attack aircrafts were stupidly scraped because "single engine should not remain in service" bullshit.... Both planes have FAR better flying characteristics, are more sophisticated, and can deliver same playload, plus the MiG has a gun like A-10. Those 2 (imagine if they were upgraded as well!) would also be far more safe from light AAA and MANPADS...
What do you think?
of course this question is only for those who know the topic and the aircrafts in question.
Maybe Russia should take out of depots a good 30 of them and just send them there... would be cheap.
the SU-25 is an dedicated ground attack fighter. its the Russian counterpart to the A-10 Warthog. the SU-25 may not get the speeds and altitude of an fighter but it was never designed to do that, its there to smash ground target's with its twin-30 MM guns and payload. the SU-25 got decent armour for an CAS fighter and can make turns in an pretty small area and align itself on targets in urban area's easier than the one's you mentioned.
you can imagine when ISIS does an assault and an SU-25 manages to align itself with the very road they are walking on and fires an salvo of its twin 30 MM cannon they are hamburger.
I think the fixed wing air asset's currently deployed by Russia is an good combination. they got the SU-35 for air patrol, SU-34 for advanced bombing tasks. SU-24 is an adequate aircraft as well to just carpet-bomb the shit out of ISIS in an cost-effective way. and the SU-25 is an heavy ground hitter that has a lot of potential to support ground forces.
i am of opinion this is a battlefield effective and cost-effective deployment of aircraft by Russia. i read somewhere Russia spends about a dozen of Million dollars per day on their air campaign in total. thats a very different number what im used to hear when NATO does its bombings in Afghanistan.
just sending an NATO fighter in the air with full payload already ranges almost in the 1 Million dollar range. there is a reason NATO is bankrupt nowadays after 10 years of "regime change" and resorted to throwing practice concrete bombs in Libya's campaign. too damn expensive wars and equipment. and as a sidenote half the crap does not even work as advertised.
So i'd say Russia is not doing bad at all .
Actually it's the Su-30SM that's on air patrol, not the Su-35.