Ukrinform reports that according to the press service of the Ukrainian Airborne Assault Troops, one of their paratroopers downed a Russian Su-25 “Frogfoot” on July 29th, 2022. The press service report reads:

“Yesterday, July 29, in Donetsk region, a serviceman with the air defense unit of the 25th Separate Airborne Brigade of the Sicheslav Airborne Assault Division shot down with an Igla MANPADS system another Su-25 armored attack aircraft operated by the Russian occupiers.”

This particular Frogfoot wreckage image was released on March 4th, 2022. The aircraft was shot down near Volnovakha. Image Credit:

Thus far in the war in Ukraine, we’re told by the source above that the Ukrainian 25th has downed a total of seven helicopters, seven drones, and 15 Russian fighter planes. Ukrinform reported earlier that as recently as July 24th, the 25th Separate Airborne Brigade downed another Su-25. The unit commander claims that after downing the aircraft, they have captured two of their aircrew.

The Igla used to bring down the jet is a Russian/Soviet surface-to-air missile (SAM). The Soviets first used these man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) in the early 80s. The latest variant is the 9K338 Igla-S, known to NATO forces as the SA-24 Grinch.

NATO calls it “The Grinch.” There has to be a backstory there somewhere. Image Credit:

The SA-24 has a range of about 6 km, and the warhead has an impact/proximity fuse causing it to detonate directly on impact or if it passes within about a meter and a half of the target. It is designed for use against tactical aircraft (fixed and rotary wing), drones, and cruise missiles. In addition to the Russians and Ukrainians, this weapon is used by Iraqi, Brazilian, Venezuelan, and Libyan forces. The warhead type is high explosive (HE) fragmentation, and it travels to its intended target at Mach 1.6.

This crudely shot video purports to show 2 Su-25 Frogfoot aircraft shot down over Ukraine. It was posted mid-March 2022—video footage courtesy of YouTube and VCompare.

Work on the Su-25 began in the Sukhoi Design Bureau in 1968 when they sought to design a new close air support aircraft. Some say that the Su-25 is roughly analogous to the venerable A-10 “Warthog” because of its intended role and the fact that it was designed to withstand a good amount of damage. She features an all-titanium-armor cockpit and an armored canopy. The fuel tanks have a polyurethane foam filling, and the aircraft features fire-resistant control rods intended to survive strikes from 12.7mm rounds. At the rear of the cockpit is a 6 mm thick solid steel headrest.