Tests of advanced Su-25SM will be completed in 2012.
15.08.11 12:12 Army, military, intelligence agencies
Tests of advanced Su-25SM, equipped with a number of new aircraft systems is scheduled for completion in 2012, "Interfax-AVN," the military-industrial complex.
"To date, the advanced Su-25SM has made about 20 successful test flights," - said the official.
According to him, the Su-25SM "established new systems of defense, communications, new calculators."
After completion of the test set for the defense of the Su-25SM, they will be equipped with all modernized single attack aircraft of this type and, possibly, new double-Su 25UBM. Set in a modern complex of Defense aircraft will significantly increase the combat capabilities of attack aircraft.
Hopefully the new systems will include SVP-24 because if any aircraft needs to be able to deploy unguided weapons in free flight with some precision it is the Su-25.
Against poorly armed opponents (ie ones not supported by a superpower with MANPADS et al) dumb bombs and dumb rockets accurately delivered is still a perfectly viable weapon for some targets.
For MANPAD equipped targets a DIRCM system like the MANTA system being developed for the Ka-52 would be a useful addition and an active IR jammer and active radar jammer too.
In fact a further upgrade of the Su-25TMs self defence suite might be useful, though the main threat will be small arms fire (taken care of with speed and low altitude and armour) and MANPADS (DIRCMs and high flight speed giving short engagement time as well as guided weapons for standoff attacks).
Perhaps another aspect that might be improved is the gun where during the Georgian campaign I remember reading several pilots felt the rate of fire of the 30mm cannon was a little high and that even very short bursts was directing a lot more ammo down range than they wanted. They probably also wanted more ammo.