New Satellite Image unveils an impressive line-up of 12 Russian Su-25 Frogfoot attack jets in Syria!

A new impressive photo unveils a large presence of Su-25 attack planes at airbase near Latakia.

A new impressive satellite image has just been released.

It shows at least 12 Su-25 Frogfoot attack planes lined-up on the secondary runway at al-Assad airbase near Latakia, the same airfield hosting the four Russian Air Force Su-30SM multirole combat planes.

It looks like the Frogfoots, the Russian aircraft most suitable for Air Interdiction and potential Close Air Support missions against ISIS have eventually arrived in Syria.

They will operate alongside the Su-24 Fencer jets spotted trailing an Il-78/76 plane over Homs on Sept. 20 (not visible in the latest satellite snapshots).

According to the most recent reports, as many as 28 Russian planes have already been deployed to Syria. The question is: where are those not exposed by satellite imagery yet.

This is not the first time the Su-25 is deployed in the region to fight IS militants: on Jul. 1, 2014 seven Frogfoot attack planes operated by the Pasdaran (informal name of the IRGC – the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution) deployed to Imam Ali Airbase, in Iraq, to join the ex-Russian Air Force Su-25s already delivered to Iraq in the air war against ISIS (Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).

Image credit: AllSource Analysis | GeoNorth | Airbus


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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.


  1. Looking forward to see them all in action. What a scenario they are building in that airspace. The Syrian Air Force as a basic, NATO countries, Iraqi few SU-25, possible IRIAF assets, Arab countries AFs, Israeli Air Force with its incursions, and TuAF strikes against PKK. All fighting terrorists on the ground. Apart the fact they are not fighting each other, it finally became a 90ies video game like scenario. just the Chinese are missing.

  2. So we get the pictures from the same agencies that sold us nuke in Irak… or massacre in Benghazi ? … or Serbian concentration camps for Kosovars … I see a pattern here…

    • That is nonsense. What Serbain concentration camps?please name one and give a link to Hague International Tribunal for ex-Yugoslavia which mentions such”concentration camps for Albanian minority in Serbia” which you call “Kosovars”.
      Albanian minority in Serbia fought a guerilla war against Serbian police and state army with aim of changing frontiers first time after WW2 in Europe. However concentration camps are practice of Germany in WW2 and Gulag camps of Stalin’.Serbia never had any.
      Serbia was too busy fighting 21 NATO countries air aggression to ever establish any”camps”and Albanian minority(or”Kosovars”if you prefer)run for their lives in between a Serbian army and NATO bombs which killed many albanians also in at least one proven accident(Podujevo).

        • As for reading comprehension, I do have official USA government certificate of reading comprehension which permits me to enter Doctor studies anywhere in USA, so I really do not see the point of your comment.
          Obviously I was frustrated to find such a lie on aviation forum

        • I do not see any reason to feel guilty;
          to read on aviation forum “Serbian concentration camps for Kosovars” it is really an insulting nonsense !? Find one link that makes such allegations even distantly?
          Western major powers supporting Ukrainian state against the rebels in East Ukraina.
          The logic is that they CAN`t separate Donetsk and Lugansk and make it another country – exactly what FR Yugoslavia was trying to do in Kosovo.

  3. spy photo was taken by Pléiades 1A or 1B dual use very-high-resolution optical Earth-imaging satellite, resolution 50 cm, and very funny fact, they were launched via russian Soyuz STA rockets out of the Guiana Space Centre, Kourou, French Guiana, in 2011 and 2012.

    Here is the group picture of 4 Su-35 (Su-27SM), 12 Su-25SM, 12 Su-24M2 …

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