National Interest: Russia's A-10 Warthog: Why the Su-25 Frogfoot Is a Flying Tank
The Su-25 Frogfoot, known as the Grach or “Rook” by Russian pilots, is one of those aircraft that may not be at the cutting edge of technology, but still has seen widespread service around the world because it offers an effective and useful solution to the need to blast targets on the ground.
As such, its obvious stablemate is the American A-10 Thunderbolt II attack plane. But while the U.S. Air Force wants to retire the A-10 starting in 2022, the Su-25 is undergoing extensive upgrades to keep with the times.
Also unlike the Thunderbolt, it has been disseminated it all over the world and seen action in over a dozen wars, including in the air campaigns over Syria, Iraq and Ukraine.
Not only has Russia had a lot of experience flying Su-25s in combat—it has shot several down as well.
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WNU Editor: The U.S. Air Force wants to get rid of their A-10s, the Russian Air Force wants to expand theirs. Who is right?
Update: Here is another plane that the Russian Air Force is proud of .... Sukhoi Su-34 plane nicknamed ‘Duckling:’ Russian Aerospace Force’s best bomber (TASS).