American or Russian: Serbia will buy 20 attack aircraft

The Ministry of Defense of Serbia intends to purchase two dozen attack aircraft. This step of the department is logical and is caused primarily by the supply of Western weapons to Kosovo.

This news became the reason for active discussions on Serbian social networks. In particular, users argue about which aircraft are better: Russian or American. Let's try and figure it out.

It is worth "discarding" the variants with the T-7A Red Hawk and Yak-130 right away. The first was created as training machines, and its effectiveness remains a big question. The second one is too easy for the tasks potentially facing Serbia.

Another thing is the American A-10 Warthog attack aircraft and the Soviet Su-25 Grach modernized in Russia. Both attack aircraft are optimized for work on pinpoint targets and can operate in conditions of strong air defense.

The assets of the "Warthog" include the six-barreled rotor cannon GAU-8 (30 mm), increased carrying capacity (more than 7 tons versus 4,5 for the Su-25), 11 points of weapon suspension versus 10 for the “Rook”, as well as one and a half times the combat radius and the practical ceiling is twice as high as that of the counterpart. It might seem like the choice is obvious. But do not rush to conclusions, there are nuances.

For the Russian Su-25, 500 meters of ordinary soil is enough for takeoff, while the Warthok needs a 1200-meter concrete runway. In addition, the Rook is 40% faster than the American and one and a half times more maneuverable.

The efficiency of the A-10 engine is leveled by the unpretentiousness of the Su-25, which can fly on almost anything that burns. And also our "Sushka" is much more tenacious and more reliable than the competitor, which has been shown by the practice of fighting in Afghanistan.

As for the price, the Rook is almost 4 times cheaper than the Warthog. In addition, one should not forget about the geopolitical factor. After all, deals are safer to conclude with an ally.

  • Photos used: Fedor Leukhin /
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  1. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 3 August 2020 14: 15
    What is this all about? Serbia intends to buy 20 fighter-bombers? Do they need multi-purpose aircraft? Surely the Su-34 will suit the role of a bomber. Or do they need something smaller?
    What does the Su-25 and A-10 have to do with it? request These are stormtroopers. Both aircraft are discontinued. They can sell "out of stock". If the Russian Defense Ministry can still meet halfway, repair and modernize the attack aircraft in stock for a friendly state, then such actions by the Americans are simply incredible. They do not remove their own from service and extend the service life, because there is no replacement for them.
    I can understand that they wanted to compare the two planes, but the eyeliner is rather strange.
  2. Michael1950 Offline Michael1950
    Michael1950 (Michael) 3 August 2020 14: 23
    The video is just full of rude lies ...
    1. vik669 Offline vik669
      vik669 (vik669) 3 August 2020 17: 32
      The asset of the "Warthog" can be attributed to the six-barreled rotor cannon GAU-8 - so it seems to be seven-barreled!
      1. Michael1950 Offline Michael1950
        Michael1950 (Michael) 3 August 2020 23: 09
        It is seven-barreled, 30 mm in caliber and pierces the armor of almost any tank from above, with a stock of 1350+ shells.

        The chatter that the Su-25 (of any modifications) surpasses the A-10C in combat effectiveness is ridiculous and is intended for absolute laymen:

        And the engine of the A-10 is more economical than the Su-25 not "by a quarter", as the author of the stupid article is lying, but 2.4 times !!

        Specific fuel consumption :, (kg / h) / kgf - 0,37

        Specific fuel consumption, kg / kgf-h - 0.89
  3. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 4 August 2020 10: 32
    There is no question. National traitors, leading Serbia, aspire to NATO.
  4. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 6 August 2020 22: 25
    Something tells me that they won't buy a fig at all. Especially "Warthog". lol On credit, perhaps. And that is questionable. No.