Approximately 200 Russian Air Force attack aircraft could be upgraded to Su-25SM3
03/12/2018 9:39:00 AM
Deliveries of "Grachs" in the newest modification are stipulated by the state program of armament until 2027
Moscow. 12 March. INTERFAX-AVN - The entire fleet of assault aircraft of the Russian Air Force could be upgraded to the Su-25SM3 appearance, an informed source in the aviation industry told Interfax.
"A sufficiently large number of aircraft (Su-25 and Su-25SM-IF) are planned for the state program of armament until 2027, which need to be modernized, but the relevant contracts have not yet been signed," the spokesman said.
According to him, at the moment,the need to modernize all the ground-attack planes to the Su-25SM3 appearance is being discussed.
Currently, the Su-25SM3 is flying tests, the entire complex of which is planned to be completed during 2018.
"We need to test the work of all the newest systems, confirms whether the aircraft meets the specifications given by the technical assignment." This work will be carried out in the next three months, then combat work will be carried out, "the source said
As reported, the Su-25SM3 flight tests began in January 2017. In the course of their implementation, the need to refine the software of some aircraft systems was revealed, which was done. The ground-attack aircraft in the newest version received an ultra-precise sighting complex SOLT-25, a new communications complex, an onboard defense complex (VKO) Vitebsk, to protect the aircraft from ground-based missile complexes of the enemy, as well as more accurate means of destruction.
The development of the modified version of the Su-25 is conducted by the Research and Production Concern "Sukhoi Shturmoviks", direct modernization of the aircraft is carried out at the 121st aircraft repair plant in the Moscow region of Kubinka
This may mean that not only the airplanes without modernizing, but also the existing Su-25SM and even the two seaters UB's would be elevated to the SM-3 standard in the next years under the program of armaments 2018-2027
This make sense because the modernization Su-25SM started in 2006 and for the moment Su-25 has not replacement
If the entire Su-25 fleet is upgraded to standard Su-25SM-3 , the replacement for Su-25 will be for the period 2030-2040
Likely the priority on modernizations will be given to the following aircrafts (in some cases with different numerical variants, the bolded):
Strategic Bombers: Tu-160 (all units), Tu-22
Fighter Interceptors: MiG-25/31
Fighter Ground Attack: Su-24
Fighter (FSA and FMR): Su-27/30/33/35 (all units), MiG-29/35