Elbit and TAM, the original
manufacturer of Sukhoi Su-25KM from Georgia, have teamed to offer a
modernized version of the Su-25KM named Scorpion. The companies are offering
the aircraft as an upgrading package for over 800 aircraft currently in
operational service, or as a new aircraft, based on the production line
retained by TAM at Tiblisi, Georgia. The aircraft that was first displayed
in Paris Airshow last year, and it is returning to Farnborough as a more
mature configuration, based on the flight testing program that already
accumulated over 50 test and demonstration flights.
The modernization is focused
on "westernization" of the close-air-support aircraft,
through the replacement of
older, Russian made avionics, with modern digital systems. This process
resulted in the saving of some 700lbs weight, which can be used to store
more fuel (converted to an additional operational radius of 450 km).
The modernized aircraft
retains its original capabilities, and is fully IACO
and NATO compliant, with the presentation of metric and English units,
operability with Eastern and western navigation systems and weapons,
including laser guided weapons, which were not supported by the original
aircraft. The original Su-25 had a limited navigation capability, but the
modernized Scorpion uses an advanced
weapons delivery and navigation system, utilizing inertial and GPS
navigation systems, digital weapons control bus, “glass cockpit” and head up
display, or helmet mounted sight, to provide accurate attack at all weather,
day and night. The cockpit is dominated by the large color
multifunction-display panels, used for displaying of flight data and the
tactical display, based on the moving map system. The tactical display can
show a comprehensive situational awareness diagrams, overlaid on the digital
map The aircraft also supports night flying with head mounted goggles. Elbit
and TAM are developing a comprehensive training package for the Su-25KM,
with a twin-seater aircraft modification, a flight simulator, mission
planning and debriefing system.
- Maximum speed (sea level): 1,000 KM/H
- Operational radius: 650 km
- Endurance: 2 hours
- Takeoff distance: 550 m'
- Landing distance: 650 m'
- Service ceiling: 7,000 m'
- Empty weight: 13,000 kg
- Maximum takeoff weight: 17,350 kg
- Maximum G load: 6.5