Whatever happened to the talk of new production Su-25UBMs?
I have been trying to get information on new production Su-25 but no details. Production should take place in Ulan-Ude, as the other capable factory is in Georgia. Alexander Mladenov states in his book (Su-25 - Osprey publishing) that the new aircraft will be received in 2015.
Su-25s were mostly hit by MANPADS in Georgia. Modernizing the bird without the full DIRCM suit like on the Ka-52 is pointless IMO. At low alt MANPADs are still the most common threat.
Ukraine is a good example. Ukrainian upgrade focuses on targeting system (30% improvement) but does not include a defence suit. A 1/3 of the active fleet has been shot down by MANPADS. Ukraine is definitely going to struggle activating Su-25 because facility that performed overhauled/modernizations is in Crimea.