Military Watch: Su-25KM "Scorpion" is designed to confront Russia


The Su-25KM Scorpion attack aircraft is an advanced Israeli-Georgian development specifically designed to confront Russia, writes the American edition of Military Watch.


Georgia inherited from the USSR a number of weapons systems, which continue to make up the bulk of the country's military potential. In contrast to Ukraine and Kazakhstan, Georgia got relatively few combat aircraft - only 20 Su-25 attack aircraft. Amid growing tension in relations with Russia, as well as the conflict with South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Georgia made significant efforts, and in partnership with Western countries, it modernized its existing fleet.

With the assistance of Israel, the Su-25s underwent serious processing and became an invaluable asset to the relatively weak Georgian Armed Forces. The advanced capabilities of the Su-25, combined with their endurance and unpretentiousness in maintenance, made them ideal for supporting ground forces from the air.

The new modification of the attack aircraft was called the Su-25KM Scorpion and was developed by the Tbilisi Aviation Plant in cooperation with the Israeli company Elbit Systems. The first prototype took off in April 2001, it had significantly more advanced avionics and was compatible with NATO's aviation ammunition.

Su-25KM is primarily intended to destroy enemy infantry and armored vehicles. It can carry high-precision bombs, acting as a light bomber. He became an almost universal combat aircraft, also having the opportunity to hit air targets. At a speed of Mach 0,8, he can fight with drones and helicopters. And 11 suspension points and a maximum load of over 4500 kg allow you to carry a significant arsenal of missiles and bombs.

However, Moscow imposed an arms embargo on Georgia and refuses to sell spare parts for servicing the Scorpions. Therefore, in Georgia they want to remove them from service. For 2020, only 9 units remained in operation. For them, they can try to purchase spare parts in other countries of the former USSR.

In the future, it plans to replace the Su-25KM with Israeli-made strike drones.
  • Photos used: Marcus Fülber / wikipedia.org
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  1. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 24 May 2020 12: 51
    +7
    And what is the article about? They created a super-plane to confront Russia, but 9 of them are going to be removed from service altogether.
    Deeply ...
  2. sgrabik Online sgrabik
    sgrabik (Sergei) 24 May 2020 13: 17
    +2
    Some absurd nonsense ... And what are they going to confront with Russia? By these ancient aircraft in pieces? The author, is everything all right with your head, or you don’t care what to write, if only someone noticed ???
  3. aleksandrmakedo Offline aleksandrmakedo
    aleksandrmakedo (Dubovitsky Victor Kuzmich) 24 May 2020 16: 52
    +1
    Quote: boriz
    And what is the article about? They created a super-plane to confront Russia, but 9 of them are going to be removed from service altogether.
    Deeply ...

    Such things are called a storm in a glass. Shovel a bunch of documentation, spend a bunch of dough (I don’t think that the Jews suddenly became moneyless and did this job for thanks) for a few pieces? Proud mountain birds never stinted on spray snot, throwing themselves at home, in cemeteries and in military affairs.
  4. aleksandrmakedo Offline aleksandrmakedo
    aleksandrmakedo (Dubovitsky Victor Kuzmich) 24 May 2020 17: 11
    +1
    How Russia saved Georgia from death.

    https://taen-1.livejournal.com/627662.html

    Forgot.....
  5. Orange big Offline Orange big
    Orange big (Max) 24 May 2020 21: 55
    +1
    The new modification of the attack aircraft was called the Su-25KM Scorpion and was developed by the Tbilisi Aviation Plant in cooperation with the Israeli company Elbit Systems.

    In fact, the Su-25 was created in the USSR by the efforts of the Sukhoi Design Bureau. Georgia, with the help of Elbit Systems, just a little poked fun at the Su-25 that it got from the USSR.
    The Tbilisi Aviation Plant built the Su-25 at one time. This is a factory, not a design bureau. And he cannot, therefore, develop something.

    The first prototype took off in April 2001, it had significantly more advanced avionics and was compatible with NATO aviation ammunition.

    The only difference is in avionics and the ability to use NATO ammunition.

    For 2020, only 9 units remained in operation. For them, they can try to purchase spare parts in other countries of the former USSR.

    There is a problem with the engines. Where to get new or not exhausted your resource? And the age of the attack aircraft is already solid. Need a major upgrade. That left 9 pieces.
  6. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 24 May 2020 23: 02
    0
    Whatever write, if only not about the important in Russia.
    Who cares about modifications 20 years ago that didn’t show themselves ...
  7. Wanderer039 Offline Wanderer039
    Wanderer039 25 May 2020 23: 01
    +3
    This trough only scare the raven! Neither Georgia nor Israel could establish the production of the armored capsule, of which the cockpit of the Su-25 and all its modifications in the Russian Federation consist,. Thus, Georgia has (attack aircraft) with a tin cockpit, which any machine gun, including a 7,62 mm PC, can easily flash at low altitudes ...