Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series HA6109 Sukhoi Su-25K Frogfoot 25616, 114 Sqn., Iraqi Air Force, 1991. 1/72 Scale Diecast Model, Size: 8.5" Wingspan & 7.75" Long, Optional Up & Down Landing Gear, Armaments & Display Stand Are Included.
The Sukhoi Su-25 Grach Russian Frogfoot is a single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by Sukhoi. It was designed to provide close air support for the Soviet Ground Forces. The first prototype made its maiden flight on 22 February 1975. After testing, the aircraft went into series production in 1978 at Tbilisi in the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic. Primary Role: Close Air Support Aircraft.
In 1999 Russia decided to upgrade their aging Su-25 aircraft with actual work beginning in 2001. The first of the upgraded aircraft designated Su-25SM (Stroyevoy Modernizirovannyi) Grach (Rook) flew on March 3, 2002 with the first six modernized aircraft entering service with the Russian Air Force in December 2006. The idea behind the modernization was to expand the life of the Su-25, make it All-Weather capable, more lethal and reduce operating and maintenance cost. Increased ordnance loads and a wider selection were also added.
Early into the Iran-Iraq War Iraq approached Russia to purchase various types of military equipment and one such item was the Su-25 Frogfoot. Iraq became the first non Warsaw Pact country to be equipped with the Su-25K and Su-25UBK. They received 69 Su-25Ks and 4 Su-25UBK trainers. The first operational Iraqi regiment was ready in 1986. During Operation Desert Storm none of the Su-25s were a threat to Allied forces. A few would seek refuge in Iran while others were buried in the desert sand and several were destroyed in their hardened bunkers.
JUNE 2022 RELEASE
|Size:||8.5" Wingspan & 7.75" Long|
|Design:||SU-25 SM Frogfoot|
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