The Su-25 is a ground attack and Close Air Support jet featured in both ArmA: Cold War Assault and ArmA 2.

ArmA: Cold War Assault

Su-25
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Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Soviet Union
Type Ground Attack Craft
Seats 1 seat:
  • 1× Pilot
Item capacity Max:
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
Top speed ~ 788 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 5,944 m
Fuel capacity 1000 fuel units
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× Cannon 30 mm
Secondary armament Secondary:
  • 6× Ch-29T AGM
  • 2× 57 mm Rocket Pods
Variants None
Games
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The Su-25 is used exclusively by Soviet military forces in ArmA: Cold War Assault.

Overview

  • Role:
    • Close air support
« The Su-25 Frogfoot remains the mainstay of Soviet shturmovoy (ground-attack) regiments. The type is broadly analogous to the US A-10.
Vehicle Description
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Design

The Su-25 is a single-seat, twin-engined jet with a tapered wing that is designed for close air support and ground attack duties.

Armament
It is armed with a forward-facing 30 mm cannon, and carries air-to-ground Ch-29T anti-tank missiles on its wings along with twin 57 mm rocket pods.

The Su-25 carries six AGMs on its wings (three on each). The main cannon feeds from a single linked belt with 2,000 rounds of high-explosive (HE) shells, while the rocket pods each have 32 rockets with HE warheads (for a total of 64).

Features
Like the American A-10, it can fly with impunity against almost every ground threat aside from Stinger infantry and Vulcan-armed M113s.

In addition, the Su-25 retains two unguided rocket pods that are better against infantry and light vehicle targets, which eliminates the need for the pilot to waste 30 mm shells or its more valuable AGMs.

The aftermath of an attack run. Enemy crewmen tend to have short lifespans once an Su-25 locks onto them.

Mobility
Compared to the A-10, it has a higher flying speed and slightly better handling at low altitudes.

Drawbacks
However the Su-25 carries two less missiles in stark contrast to the A-10, which results in it being less effective overall as a tank hunter. Its unguided rockets are not particularly useful against tanks and are wildly inaccurate against moving targets.

Furthermore because it also lacks a dedicated sub-variant armed with laser-guided bombs, the Su-25 is unable to strike structures or stationary non-vehicle targets with any degree of precision or at standoff distances.

Crew Capacity
The Su-25 cannot transport any additional passengers or crew, and only contains a single for the pilot.


Protection

The Su-25 has 24 points worth of armour plating.


Armament

The Su-25's pilot controls all three weapon systems on the aircraft:

Cannon 30 mm

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Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
100 1,000

Primary direct fire air-to-ground weapon. Useful against groups of infantry or unarmoured/lightly-armoured ground vehicles, as well as low-flying helicopters.

It can attain a fire rate of up to ~ 333 rounds per minute and has a muzzle velocity of 1,000 m/s. The Cannon 30 mm has a dispersion spread of 0.0007 rad at ranges of up to 1,000 metres. The shells have a blast radius of 2 metres.

Ch-29T

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Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive Anti-Tank 1,900

Air-to-ground anti-tank missile. They are infrared-guided and have a maximum lock-on range of 2,000 metres.

Ch-29T missiles are soft launched and there is always an imposed delay of 0.5 seconds in-between. The missiles take up to 5.5 seconds to reach their top speed of 350 m/s, while the warheads themselves have a blast radius of 2.5 metres.

57 mm Rocket

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Damage type Base damage value
High-Explosive 400

Unguided air-to-ground rockets. Strong against groups of infantry and unarmoured/lightly-armoured ground vehicles.

Rockets are always launched with an initial velocity of 44 m/s and take a further 3.5 seconds to reach a top speed of 1,000 m/s in-flight. The warheads are high-explosive (HE) based and have a blast radius of 3 metres.


Trivia

  • The in-game Su-25 is strangely configured to use the same 30 mm Gatling cannon as the A-10. In reality, the Su-25 is actually fitted with the Soviet-made "GSh-30-2" cannon which is a completely different weapon.
  • The Su-25 was not actually included as part of the default set of aircraft that could be used in Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis (the initial release name of Cold War Assault), and was only added with the release of Patch 1.30.
  • Curiously, unused text strings (string name: STR_DN_SU25, STR_LIB_SU25) would suggest that the Cold War Assault Su-25 was meant to return as a usable aircraft in Armed Assault. Unfortunately, little remains of the "Su-25K" and the jet itself would ultimately not make a comeback to the series until the release of ArmA 2.

Gallery

ArmA 2

Su-25
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png CDF
Icon-side-redfor.png ChDKZ
Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Army
Type Ground Attack Craft
Seats 1 seat:
  • 1× Pilot
Item capacity Max:
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
Top speed ~ 858 km/h
Service ceiling 6,000 m
Fuel capacity 1000 fuel units
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× GSh-30-1 30 mm
  • 4× FAB-250
  • 2× S-8T 80 mm Rocket Pods
Secondary armament Secondary:
  • 2× R-73 AAM

Defensive:

  • 120× Countermeasures (Chaff/Flare)
Variants Su-39
Games
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The Su-25 is used by several BLUFOR, OPFOR and Independent factions in ArmA 2.

Overview

  • Role:
    • Ground attack
« The Su-25 (NATO designation: Frogfoot) is a single-seat twin-engine jet aircraft developed in Russia. It is able to withstand heavy enemy fire thanks to very robust armored construction and finds its key strengths in the areas of low-level maneuverability and accurate weapons delivery.
It is armed with Gsh-30-2 30mm cannon, four S-8KO air-to-surface anti-armor missile platforms, four FAB-250 general-purpose bombs, and two AA-11air-to-air missile platforms.
Armoury Description
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Design

The Su-25 remains mostly the same as its Cold War Assault predecessor, though it lacks AGMs in favour of carrying more unguided munitions and is now equipped with defensive avionics.

Armament
Its main armament consists of the same 30 mm cannon but now carries unguided FAB-250 iron bombs as opposed to AT missiles. Two short-range infrared-guided R-73 air-to-air missiles are also carried alongside the twin 80 mm rocket pods for self-defence.

The main cannon now feeds from a single linked belt with 180 rounds of HE shells. Four iron bombs are carried (two on each wing), while the twin rocket pods each contain 40 rockets apiece (for a total of 80).

Features
Since it now lacks AGMs, it is most effective at hunting down groups of infantry and static medium-armoured vehicles which lack armament to retaliate properly.

Fortunately, the ArmA 2 Su-25 is faster than its American counterpart and handles slightly better in low-level flight, though it cannot fly as high as the A-10 is able to.

Drawbacks
As a CAS-oriented plane, the Su-25 is naturally quite vulnerable to faster and more nimble jets like the USMC's F-35. Even though the F-35 is similarly armed with only two air-to-air missiles, it is VTOL-capable and can easily outturn the Su-25; shooting down the former before its pilot can even react quickly enough to return fire.

Su-25 pilots also remain at the mercy of mobile anti-aircraft vehicles, which will make short work of it within a matter of seconds.

Crew Capacity
The Su-25 is only able to carry its pilot, and does not need or is able to transport any passengers/crew members.


Camouflage

  • Woodland: Olive green paint scheme with dark brown camouflage blobs. Used by CDF Su-25s.
  • Insurgent: Mud brown paint scheme with green camouflage blobs. Only used on ChDKZ Su-25s.
  • Desert: Two-tone desert tan/olive green camouflage scheme with a sky blue painted underbelly. Exclusively used by Takistani Army Su-25s.

Protection

The Su-25 has a base armour value of 75.

Hull

The plane's hull can only survive 75 points of damage. Will result in a total loss if its integrity fails.


Armament

The Su-25's pilot controls all wing-mounted ordnance and the GSh-30-1 autocannon:

GSh-30-1

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Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s)
55 -0.00095 820

30 mm autocannon. Fires HE shells useful for providing direct air-to-ground fire support against infantry and unarmoured/lightly-armoured vehicles.

It can attain a fire rate of up to ~ 1,500 RPM and has a muzzle velocity of 820 m/s. It has a dispersion spread of 0.0006 rad at distances of up to 1,250 metres away. The shells have a blast radius of only 1 metre.

FAB-250

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Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
5,000 N/A

Unguided free-falling bombs. Powerful against most ground vehicles and clustered infantry/structures.

They have a blast radius of 12 metres. There is an imposed delay of 0.2 seconds in-between bomb drops.

S-8T

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Damage type Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
High-Explosive 210 610

Unguided air-to-ground rockets. Fires HE rockets that are strong against infantry and medium armoured vehicles (not heavy armour).

The pods have a delay of 0.08 seconds in-between launches (~ 750 RPM) and are always fired in pairs. The rockets are launched with an initial velocity of 44 m/s and take 1.1 additional seconds to reach a top speed of 470 m/s in-flight. The rocket warheads themselves have a blast radius of 5 metres.

R-73

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Damage type Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
High-Explosive 160 828

Infrared-guided short range air-to-air missile. Has a maximum lock-on range of 10,000 metres.

R-73s are soft launched but have an imposed delay of 1 second in-between launches. It takes 5 seconds for the missile motors to fully reach a top speed of 828 m/s. The warheads have a blast radius of 9 metres.


Avionics

MAWS

The Su-25 does not have a Missile Approach Warning System and will not warn the pilot of incoming missiles already in mid-flight.

RWR

The Su-25 has a Radar Warning Receiver, and will alert the pilot of being locked-onto by radar-based targeting systems.

IWR

The Su-25 lacks an Infrared Warning Receiver, and will not warn the pilot of being targeted by infrared-based weapon systems.


Trivia

  • Following the release of the Community Configuration Project updates for the Steam version of ArmA 2, Su-25s were updated to utilise both chaff and flare-based countermeasures rather than just flares (as they were previously).
  • Both the Su-39 and the Su-25 are practically the same aircraft in-game aside from their armament despite being functionally different jets in real-life.
  • The ChDKZ-operated Su-25 is the only variant that lacks its own dedicated camouflage scheme and strangely reuses the same pattern as the Russian Su-39 (with identical red star insignias on the wings and tail).

Gallery

External links

See also

Variants

Aircraft of comparable role and configuration

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