See what a Russian Su-25 after being hit by MANPADS looks like
MOSCOW ($1= Russian Rubles) — The pro-Russian media ABS Military News published photos on its Telegram channel of Russian Su-25 subsonic, single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft after being hit by Ukrainian MANPADS. ABS Military News does not provide information on exactly which model MANPADS was used but says that in the history of aviation, the Su-25 is the most hit and hit aircraft by enemy missiles.
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It is clear from the photos that the impact was not so serious after the pilot managed to land the plane. The plane was hit in the rear near one of the engines. The photos show that the hull was punctured, cables were shown, and one engine [the right one] was completely destroyed and most likely burned after being hit by a surface-to-air missile.
It is not known when or where the attack on the Russian plane took place, but ABS Military News claims that these are new photos, which suggests that it happened at least within the last week.
The Su-25 is a Soviet subsonic, single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft that is still in service in dozens of countries, most of which have limited defense budgets and retain the aircraft’s combat capability. In 1975, the Su-25 made its first test flight, and in 1981 it was officially introduced to the countries of the Soviet bloc. This aircraft has documented participation in almost all small and large military conflicts in the world: from the Soviet-Afghan war to the war in Ukraine in 2022.
The Su-25 is piloted by one pilot. The dimensions of the aircraft are as follows: Length: 15.53 m [50 ft 11 in] [including nose probe], wingspan: 14.36 m [47 ft 1 in], height: 4.8 m [15 ft 9 in] and wing area: 33.7 m2 [363 sq ft]. The aircraft is powered by two Soyuz / Tumansky R-195 turbojet engines, 44.18 kN [9,930 lbf] thrust each.
With one refueling, it can fly a distance of 1000 km, and the maximum speed that the aircraft can develop during the flight is 975 km / h [606 mph, 526 kn]. Its G limit is +6.5. The aircraft is armed with one 30 mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2 autocannon with 250 rounds, SPPU-22 gun pods for two 23 mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 autocannons with 260 rounds, an anti-radar missile, air-to-ground missiles, air-to-air and controllable bombs or free-falling bombs.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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