The low-flying, hardhitting, battle-hardened Su-25 ‘Frogfoot’ fleet of the Ukrainian Air Force has seen recent combat action and, despite its age, still offers a meaningful battlefield support capability.

299 BRTA

THE POVITRYANI SYLY (PS, Ukrainian Air Force) operates a range of charismatic fast jets, not least its weatherbeaten Sukhoi Su-25s of 299 brihada taktichnoyi aviatsiyi (BrTa, tactical aviation brigade), based at Kulbakino, near the town of Mykolaiv. This is Ukraine’s sole remaining ‘Frogfoot’ wing and it’s a unit with a history that can be traced back some 40 years. Despite this, only now is Ukraine’s Su-25 ‘Frogfoot’ community at its most purposeful.

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