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As I wrote on February 20, two Sukhoi-25KM aircraft were participating in NATO operation "Sea-Breeze." This operation ended on July 17 2014, after which these aircraft were flown back to Tbilisi. I now know from very reliable sources that both aircraft have made a stopover at the airport of Dnipropetrovsk. Officially to refuel, but they were also equipped with weapons again. During exercise "Sea-Breeze" both SU-25KM did not carry air-to-air missiles, but they left Dnipropetrovsk fully armed with two air-to-air missiles and both with a 23mm cannon in a wapenpod under the wing.
The max 10 km is the absolute ceiling. Again, to get that high, there can be no excess weight or drag on the aircraft, not even light missiles. You might be able to get slightly over 7 km with them, but you're not going to get to 10 with them. That is done by lightening the aircraft as much as possible, and giving it the minimum fuel necessary.
You're not understanding Zaphod.
It must use all its engine power and fly straight in order to maintain flight on that height. It cannot manoeuvre like it does below its survice ceiling at 5km with weapons or at 7km in clean configuration.
Georgian Sukhoi Su-25KM with Israeli Python 4 or 5 missiles might have brought down MH17.
Israel - Shafrir-1/2, Python-3/4/5 (primary user, local designation Zephyr).
Argentina - Shafrir-2 (350 missiles, delivered 1981) and Python-4.[clarification needed]
Bolivia - Python-3.
Brazil - Python-3 (400 missiles, delivered 2001), Python-4 and Derby (200 missiles each, all delivered 2011).
Chile - Shafrir-2 (50 missiles, delivered 1978), Python-3 (120 missiles, delivered 1997), Python-4 (280 missiles, delivered 2011) and Derby (60 missiles, delivered 2003).
People's Republic of China - Python-3 (3000 missiles, delivered 1991-2000, local designation PiLi-8 (PL-8)).
Colombia - Shafrir-2 (80 missiles, delivered 1989), Python-3/4 (75 missiles each, all delivered 2005), Python-5 (100 missiles, delivered 2011) and Derby (40 missiles, delivered 2010).
Ecuador - Shafrir-2 (75 missiles, delivered 1984), Python-3/Python-4 (60 missiles, delivered 1996), Python-5 (50 missiles, delivered 2001) and Derby (60 missiles, delivered 2003).
El Salvador - Shafrir.[clarification needed]
Honduras - Shafrir-2 (100 missiles, delivered 1978).
India - Python-4 and Python-5 (100 missiles, delivered 2007) and Derby.
Romania - Python-3.
Singapore - Python-4 (600 missiles, delivered 2004).
South Africa - Python-3 (local designation V3S Snake, delivered 1989 and retired in April 2008), Derby (Local designation as R-Darter or V4).
Republic of China (Taiwan) - Shafrir-2 (450 missiles, delivered 1977).
Thailand - Python-4 (400-500 missiles, delivered 1990).
Venezuela - Python-4 (54 missiles, delivered 2004).