Iraqi Su-25 Frogfoot

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"The appearance of the Su-25K in Iraqi service remains a sort of a mystery. Although Russian and the Ukrainian reports claim that over 80 aircraft were delivered between 1985 and 1989, that these saw extensive service during the later stages of the war against Iran, especially in 1988, and that a number of Iraqi Su-25-pilots were highly decorated by Saddam Hussein personally, in fact only one squadron is known to have been equipped with the type in 1986, and the other became operational only after the war with Iran. According to Iranian reports - some of which can be confirmed by pictorial evidence - the Su-25 was a rare appearance over the battlefield even in 1988: only two were ever encountered in air combat, one was shot down (there are photographs of the wreckage) and two badly damaged by ground fire. In 1991 seven were flown out to Iran, where they were subsequently taken over by the IRGCAF, while in 2003 the US forces captured only a handfull of Su-25s. Consequently, it is likely that Iraq eventually ordered over 80 Su-25s, or stated intention to do so, but it is unlikely that more than 30 were indeed delivered. "

ACIG - http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/article_208.shtml

Just wondering if anyone has any more photos of Iraqi Su-25????

I have only come across 4 in total, all 2003/04. Pretty sure the last 3 are all of the same aircraft and the 1st is a different aircraft or potentially the same, just taken later.

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Exhumating the Dead Iraqi Air Force
By Tom Cooper
Sep 25, 2003, 19:03

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A U.S. military search team discovers a Cold War-era MiG-25R Foxbat B, the fastest combat aircraft today, buried beneath the sands in Iraq. Several MiG-25s and Su-25 ground attack jets have been found buried at al-Taqqadum air field west of Baghdad. (all photographs: USAF)

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Hi mandrake there a a few pics of one at the 1990 airshow (see below) there are also better photographs of it but I can`t find them yet.

@mandrake: could you post a few screenshots of the Tu-22 video?

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bring_it_on

Thanks for the pics, but I asked for Su-25 not Mig-25, sorry

fabe

Thank you very much, greatly appreciated. Looking forward to those other pics if you can find them :)

Will try and get some screen captures from that video uploaded tonight. Aside from the Tu-22 it features an SU-22 taking off (poor quality) and a crew boarding a Mig-29UB

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bring_it_on

Thanks for the pics, but I asked for Su-25 not Mig-25, sorry

fabe

Thank you very much, greatly appreciated. Looking forward to those other pics if you can find them :)

Will try and get some screen captures from that video uploaded tonight. Aside from the Tu-22 it features an SU-22 taking off (poor quality) and a crew boarding a Mig-29UB

yeah I know It´s quite unique :)
watch also the pro baghdad music video also. in the first scene you can see a flyover of Mig-25s over Baghdad.
Also a nice source is Sudan TVs 'Fi meydan el Fidaa' every friday at 9:50pm (sudanese time) It can be watched via lifestream at www.sudantv.tv sometimes you can see sudanese helicopters and planes

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here are the actual statistics for Iraqi SU25s.

they became operational in 1985 and there were 4 squadrons equipped with them during the war with Iran.

SU-25
delivered: 72
sent abroad during 1980s: 0
Accidental losses: ??
Combat losses: 4-6
remaining in 1990: 66
destroyed in 1991: 31
damaged in 1991: 8
flew to iran in 1991: 7
survived after 1991: 20

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I've got identified three operational squadrons in 1990 (109, 118 and 119). Do you know the identity of the fourth sqn or had it been disbanded after the Iran/Iraq war?

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I'm sorry, you're right there were only the above 3 operational squadrons. I don't know the squadron number number for the SU-25UBK (12 aircraft delivered).

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Thanks for that confirmation.

I don't suppose you know which squadron the two Su.25's shot down on the 6th February whilst attempting to reach Iran belonged to?

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May i ask where is the info regarding the squadrons coming from Steve, is it a book or the iraqimilitary.org forum? I need to re-check in there, but i have 114,115 and 116 Sgn. as Su-25 ones, and 109 as a Su-22 unit, source Iraqi Fighters.

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Thanks for that confirmation.

I don't suppose you know which squadron the two Su.25's shot down on the 6th February whilst attempting to reach Iran belonged to?

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The Su25s came from Al Bakr AB (balad AB in western parlance). One of the planes shot down resulted in the death of the pilot who was an acquaintance of one of my cousins (that's how I know about it).

squadron numbers 109, 115, 119 from Official IrAF records, there are a number of old officers on iraqimilitary forums. they can answer your questions better than me on that topic!

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Two versions of the painting Iraqi SU-25K

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[QUOTE=sheytanelkebir;2006222]The Su25s came from Al Bakr AB (balad AB in western parlance). One of the planes shot down resulted in the death of the pilot who was an acquaintance of one of my cousins (that's how I know about it).

Your cousins acquaintance was a brave man to take off in a relatively slow ground attack aircraft with virtually no means of defending himself, at a time when the air was dominated by Coalition fighter aircraft.

I do note that the translated Iraqi report that lists the Gulf war losses and the aircraft that were flown to Iran does not mention the loss of these two Su25's or the two MiG21's that were flying with them, but does list other aircraft that were lost on the way to the Iran. It always made me wonder if these four aircraft were only changing bases rather than attempting to reach Iran when shot down??

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they were going to Iran. evacuation of course was supposed to be "covered" by MiG25s... but something went wrong.

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One of the planes shot down resulted in the death of the pilot who was an acquaintance of one of my cousins (that's how I know about it).

I know I'm late to the discussion, but thank you very much for the information sheytanelkebir!

I'd been looking into this particular shoot down for months, since I frankly felt bad for the Iraqi Frogfoot pilots given how hopeless the situation was, and was genuinely curious whether they survived.

Assuming you're still on key.aero; do you happen to know the deceased pilot's name, or if the second Frogfoot pilot survived?