Skip to comments.Photo analysis shows Iraqi warplanes likely sent from Iran
Posted on 07/08/2014 10:24:22 PM PDT by lilyramone
Iraq appears to be getting some help with its war on ISIS, in the form of some familiar planes from an old nemesis. Warplanes recently delivered to Baghdad are most likely from Iran, and many are believed to be Iraqi jets flown into Iran during the first Gulf War by pilots seeking refuge from American attacks, according to analysis by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. A dozen of the Russian-made, twin-engine Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot jets, built to provide air support for ground troops, were already sent to Iraq by Moscow. But a more recent delivery of at least half a dozen of the fighter jets last week almost certainly came from Iran, analysts said. The planes are the Russian equivalent to the U.S. Air Force's legendary A-10 Warthog.
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They may play a similar role, but they are definitely not equivalent
They can use all the help they can get—But I think the IS has a few surprises in store for Baghdad in the near future.
No joke... given the soviet proclivity for imitation and the A10’s relatively low-tech, they sure chose the wrong design to dismiss. Pretty much every unique design choice for the A10 that makes it so effective was ignored.
I24 News Live from Israel
Seems very very leftist for an Israeli TV channel
The SU 25 is just perfect to reduce ISIS SUVs into smoking rubble. Therefore we all should wish them well.
Regards from Europe
The Russians deployed 50 SU-25’s in Afghanistan and lost 21 to the Mujahedeen.
The Iraqis flew 9,000 SU-25 sorties against Iran and lost 1.
The Russians lost a dozen Su-25’s to Chechen ground fire, and lost 4 more to Georgia during their brief war. Interestingly enough, Georgia flew SU-25s against the Russians in that war, but the Georgian SU-25s were equipped to fight at night.
It’s cheap ($11 million) and it delivers some air to ground fire, but it is no A-10.
I would expect the Iraqis to lose one SU-25 to ISIL as Iraq defends Baghdad. The SU-25s should do far more damage to ISIL than what they lose, so it should be a net positive to Baghdad’s defense.
I was not an aircraft maintenance person, but if aircraft have been sitting idle for more than 20 years, doesn't it take monumental amounts of maintenance to get them airworthy again?
Thanks lilyramone. Also headed for Iran:
Obama sells Hellfire: White House hopes to send 4K missiles to Iraq for ISIL fight
Washington Times | 7/1/2014 | Doug Ernst
Posted on 7/2/2014 6:55:30 PM by mojito
~I was not an aircraft maintenance person, but if aircraft have been sitting idle for more than 20 years, doesn’t it take monumental amounts of maintenance to get them airworthy again?~
Soviet equipment designed the way to work after nuclear exchange and years of neglect.
You can find an interview of American Hind pilot stating that you can hide a thing in a barn for years and all you need is to pour a few water in a batteries to fly it again later.
Most Soviet tanks placed as static monuments around Europe after WWII are still functional after 70 years in the open. You can even start most of these T-34 pulled from the bogs after oil change and cleaning a fuel system.
Iran’s playing for control the whole region...