BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – US officials, according to Fox News, are saying that the Russian air grouping in Syria has stationed three Su-25 ground-attack aircraft at the T-4 Military Airport in central Homs.

For now, until other sources come through on clarifying the matter, the development will be treated by Al-Masdar News as unconfirmed.

If it does in fact turn out to be the case that the Russian Aerospace Forces (RuAF) have deployed a flight of Su-25’s to the T-4 Airbase, then the implications of this for pro-government forces fighting in eastern Syria are tremendous.

One historical problem with RuAF fixed-wing aircraft carrying out combat sorties in eastern Syria is that a given aircraft’s payload has to be reduced and it takes longer for the jet get to its target, at which time the tactical situation on the ground may have changed.

By deploying ground-attack aircraft like the Su-25 at the T-4 Airbase, the RuAF will be able to reach their designated targets quicker, loiter over the target for longer and carry more ordinance.

The Su-25 ‘Frogfoot’ is a dedicated ground-attack aircraft, designed specifically for carrying out close air support (CAS) missions. The aircraft is well-armored, has two engines to increase it suitability and can carry a stunning array of bombs, missiles and rockets in addition to having a powerful 30-mm autocannon.

 

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Amerikkkan-Democrazy
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Great news.

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3 Su-25 is a very limited deployment.

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Finally, a tactical deployment! This should allow the Su-25s to be effective over Deir ez Zor!
This should have been done at Tabqa, but the idiot Syrians let that base be taken by the US.

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Actually, not from Tabqa! To avoid IS to try to use the base, the runway has been crippled with anti-runway bombs. These very specialised weapons pierce through concrete and explode under the runway thus making nonetheless the runway unusable but its foundations totally fucked : even if you manage to make it flat, the vacuum under would make it collapse under aircraft trying to use it. You’d have to totally rebuild the runway to re-use the base. Note that all countries but France have to send aircraft to drop such kind of bombs (which are a French invention) : France… Read more »

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“By deploying ground-attack aircraft like the Su-25 at the T-4 Airbase, the RuAF will be able to reach their designated targets quicker, loiter over the target for longer and carry more ordinance.” => Well, Su-25 max speed is less than 1000km/h and clearly less in cruise speed. Su-25 can’t be refuelled in mid-air. Max payload is 4t, range is pretty limited. Su-34/35 can fly nearing Mach2, Su-34 can get airborne with up to 12t payload and 8t for Su-35, both can be mid-air refuelled and have much much more longer legs than Su-25. Actually, the advantages of Su-25 are low-cost… Read more »