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Russian Air Force commander has suspended all Su-25 strike aircraft flights after a fatal crash caused the lost of aircraft and pilot's dead, in the country's Far East, Primorye Territory near the Chernigovka airbase, about 143 kilometers from Vladivostok, during a training flight with live firing exercises.
According to Russian Air Force spokesman, the aircraft has been reported to had a series of accidents caused by system failures attributed to the salvo firing of weapons.
Originally posted by tomcat ha
SU25 is a pretty awesome aircraft and unlike the US, russia/the soviets have been smart enough to continue development on it while the US barely have improved the A10.
Originally posted by Canada_EH
I do have to say though that I fail to see how the person stating that the A-10s haven't been updated is correct? I know of a number of system changes and upgrades of the years though it may not be as much as some would like the planes have been well looked after from what I've heard. Anyone have any experience with the planes?
Originally posted by Zaphod58
The A-10C upgrade includes Litening AT and Sniper XR pods, JDAM, WCMD, new MFDs in the cockpit, new sensors, a datalink, integrated cockpit controls, and a new central interface unit with three new processors to control stores management and overall avionics integration. It includes other "minor" things such as a new throttle for improved HOTAS, and an improved power supply.
The A-10 has received many upgrades over the years. Aircraft were upgraded with inertial navigation and a Pave Penny laser sensor (marked target seeker) pod that allowed the pilot to detect laser energy for PID (Positive Identification) of an illuminated target. The Pave Penny is a passive seeker and cannot self-designate a target for a Laser Guided Bomb (LGB). Later, the Low-Altitude Safety and Targeting Enhancement (LASTE) upgrade provided computerized weapon-aiming equipment, an autopilot, and ground-collision warning system. The A-10 is now compatible with night-vision goggles for low-light operation. In 1999, aircraft began to be given Global Positioning System navigation systems.
The A-10 is scheduled to stay in service with the USAF until 2028. Beginning in 2005, the entire A-10 fleet is being upgraded to the "C" model that will include improved fire control system (FCS), electronic countermeasures (ECM), and the ability to carry smart bombs. The A-10 will be part of a service life extension program (SLEP) with many receiving new wings. A contract to build 242 new A-10 wing sets was awarded to Boeing on 29 June 2007. Modifications to provide precision weapons capability are well underway. Hill AFB has completed work on its 100th A-10 precision engagement upgrade in January 2008
A Russian fighter jet that crashed last week during a training exercise was shot down by a rocket from an accompanying jet, it has emerged.