Russia’s Industry & Trade Minister Denis Manturov stated that the country has terminated the production of Sukhoi SU-25 ground attack aircrafts.
The Su-25 (NATO codename Frogfoot) is a single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by the Sukhoi Design Bureau. It was designed to provide close air support for the Soviet Ground Forces, and entered service in 1981 during the Soviet-Afghan war.
An all-new ground attacked aircraft which is in the works is reportedly set to replace the venerable Su-25. The latter will be based on the Yak-130 trainer/light attack aircraft.
Russia had modernized the Su-25s to the SM variant which incorporates avionics enhancements and airframe refurbishment to extend the Frogfoot’s service life by up to 500 flight hours or 5 years. Later, the SM3 variant was introduced, which is a newer upgrade.
The Su-25 is taking part in the latest Russian deployment in Syria as part of the Russian air group based in Hmeimim airbase, Latakia.