The Russian Air Force’s modernised Sukhoi Su-25UBM ground attack-trainer aircraft has successfully completed flight tests in the Astrakhan region, southern Russia, Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Vladimir Drik said.
Drik added: "Air Force Commander colonel general Alexander Zelin signed off on the completion of flight tests for the Su-25UBM at the end of December 2011."
Russia is planning to procure the Su-25UBM aircraft under the 2011-2020 state rearmament programme to procure more than 600 warplanes, 1,000 combat helicopters and 100 warships, including 20 submarines, in a move to leverage its armed forces.
The Su-25UBM is designed to perform reconnaissance and target designation roles, or as an airborne control post, and is expected to be equipped with a self-protection system to counter infrared-guided missiles. The aircraft variant, a modification of the Su-25 twin-seat operational trainer, is equipped with systems that will enable it to perform ground-attack missions in any weather and by day or night.
How well do you really know your competitors?
Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.
Your download email will arrive shortly
Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample
We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below formBy GlobalData
The SU-25UBM will be integrated with a satellite navigation system, advanced radio-electronic equipment and high-precision weapons to hit targets in short-range dogfights and those located at a distance of 20km. Additionally, the Su-25UBM is capable of flying 910 miles and reaches speeds of 950km/h and is armed with a new radar, more powerful and accurate weapons, an automated mission system and increased battlefield survivability and reliability.
Ideal for both combat and training purposes, the SU-25UB aircraft will undergo further tests on its equipment and weapons in 2012 as part of the Russian Air Force plans. The variant, set to replace the older Su-25UB, made its first flight on 6 December 2008 and will be cleared to enter series production after receiving state approval.
Image: The Russian Air Force’s modernised Sukhoi Su-25UBM ground attack-trainer aircraft is a variant of the Su-25 twin-seat operational trainer. Photo: Leonid Faerberg.