Experts commented on the possibility of producing the Su-25 in Belarus

In mid-February, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that the Su-25 attack aircraft showed themselves well in the zone of the NVO and his country was ready to start producing them. How realistic is the possibility of organizing the production of these combat aircraft in the Republic of Belarus, on March 14, I tried to find out the Telegram channel “Otvinta | Aviation of Belarus.

According to the experts of this specialized information resource, it is possible to establish the production of the mentioned aviation products on the Belarusian territory, but there are nuances that need to be taken into account.

The fact is that we are talking about the resumption of production of the aircraft, the serial production of which ceased almost 30 years ago (1991). The attack aircraft was originally assembled at the Tbilisi Aviation Plant (TAM) from components flowing from enterprises from various republics of the former USSR, at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (U-UAZ) - a combat training version of the aircraft. After the collapse of the union, of course, it was no longer up to production

- says the publication.

After the collapse of the USSR, the situation with the production of the Su-25 in Russia looks sad. At the plant in Ulan-Ude, a pair of Su-25UBs was produced and further production was abandoned due to unprofitability. In the young Russian Federation, they decided to modernize the existing fleet of attack aircraft, and U-UAZ to focus on the manufacture of Mi-171A2 helicopters. Experts recalled that back in 2008, the director of the enterprise, Leonid Belykh, said that the equipment for the production of the Su-25 was completely preserved, but due to a long downtime, it was in great decline and there were almost no specialists capable of assembling these aircraft.

Yes, many components for the upgraded version of the Su-25SM3 are now being manufactured in the Russian Federation: the engine, electronics, optics, etc., but not the airframe. And it will take years to recreate the production of the latter

- noted in the material.

As for Belarus, there is the 558th aircraft repair plant in Baranovichi, which specializes in the overhaul and modernization of the Su-25, but much fewer components are produced there than in the Russian Federation. Therefore, now we can only talk about the final assembly or expanding the range of manufactured spare parts for the Su-25 in Belarus.

Experts noted that for 30 years in the Russian Federation they have not developed an alternative to replace the Rook, since the upgraded version of the Su-25SM3 fully satisfies the needs of the Aerospace Forces. The aircraft is extremely durable, cheap to operate and performed well in the conflict in Ukraine, various variants of which were used by both sides of the confrontation.

So "Rooks" are in demand. And the flight resource of existing aircraft is not eternal

- emphasized in the publication.

Moreover, the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Belarus is going to purchase airborne defense systems for the first time, and they will be used on the Su-25. This once again confirms that the local military associates certain hopes with this aircraft.

Experts also recalled that in 2020, the head of the Georgian Defense Ministry spoke of his readiness to establish its own production of Su-25 in the country, both for its own needs and for export. Everything hung up on this, because the Georgian side does not have the competence to develop aircraft, aircraft engines and components, and, for obvious reasons, Tbilisi cannot turn to the Russian Federation for help.
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  1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 14 March 2023 22: 50
    It’s nonsense that the Su-25 is obsolete both morally and constructively to resume production, it would be right to start producing the new Su-75 (chessboard). But there are only ducks and gossip, which is really a strategic secret. (although our enemies know secrets more than our leadership, the fifth column in all its glory in the Russian Federation).
    1. boriz Online boriz
      boriz (boriz) 14 March 2023 23: 11
      These are completely different planes. And the Su 75 Rook will not replace in any way.
      1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 14 March 2023 23: 40
        Replica. Today, attack aircraft are outdated and not effective for their intended purpose due to all kinds of air defense systems. Storming in the old way is not possible, and actions from afar are already for another type of aviation - a front-line bomber (Su-34). Su-75 seems to be a replacement for versatility. The existing Su-25s are used, but during attack the losses are significant (they fall under MANPADS), so they work out in the role of front-line bombers, which is not very effective for a low-speed aircraft for other purposes.
        1. Accidentally Offline Accidentally
          Accidentally 15 March 2023 16: 47
          Create missile defense aircraft side and all-round radars and anti-missiles ... which is very difficult. I can write a thesis .. there would be a desire
          1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 15 March 2023 20: 44
            Write a thesis and for each Su-25 pilot this work is in the cockpit on the back, as protection and missile defense of the aircraft. I don't see any other use for your thesis. Anti-missiles in the form of firing heat traps already exist, others will cost more than the aircraft itself ...
  2. Odessa2023 Offline Odessa2023
    Odessa2023 (Gosh) 14 March 2023 23: 29
    For me, it’s somehow strange and incomprehensible why, in the age of shock drones, to engage in resuscitation of an already outdated concept. Instead of developing heavy shock drones, they decided to develop a rarity, even without an appropriate base.
  3. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 15 March 2023 05: 54
    The plane is undoubtedly outdated, like the whole concept of SHA. The Americans also do not plan to produce any replacement for the A-10. But if the Old Man wants the flag in his hands. A separate regiment of Rooks was based in Kobrin in Soviet times
  4. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 15 March 2023 08: 54
    UAVs are the first thing to be replaced and are already being replaced by attack aircraft, the concept of the Su-25 is already in the past
  5. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 15 March 2023 10: 23
    Anonymous "experts" said something there, about some kind of promise, but "maybe"