This is a continuation from a previous entry.
We were using the same tactics and machines as our Russian enemies, but we were not loving their shortcomings. No matter how sophisticated the technology and powerful the sensors, the Russians count on ground attack aircraft pilots visually identifying their targets. In the worst case, at least corroborate visually that the area in the piper matches reconnaissance pictures or maps. Not fun to go sightseeing when they are shooting at you.
Our Su-25s are armed with cluster bombs, unguided rockets and of course, the gun ...
|Our first run. We had to get this close to the target area (right at the center of the piper) to see the tiny shapes of enemy armor. Our RWR is blazing as a Russian Tunguska AAA system paints us with the radar.|
|In the second pass, flying at a lesser speed, I toss|
|The cluster bombs fall a bit short, but some of them reach the Tunguska. Target eliminated. Our direction of attack is from the background of this picture.|
|Now relieved from the major aerial defense threat, we make a third pass and I engage armor targets with rockets.|
|There is a Russian tank within those explosions ...|
|A fourth run, now with the guns. The run is too shallow-angled and I end up shooting short. The rays are tracers of rounds ricocheting the ground. Note the craters from the previous rocket run.|
|Landing the Su-25 is always exciting.|