If washed and with a fresh coat of paint, it could look much nicer! At last estimates that I could remember, the numbers of Su-25's active with IRGC Air division was placed at 7. Are there any reliable sources which show new acquisitions of this jet?
The current thinking is 10-13 ... all stationed in Shiraz
7 x SU-25T - 1991 from Iraq (refurbished/overhaul 1996 by Geogian Technicians)
3 x SU-25UBK - 2003 from Russia
3 x SU-25 ? - 2006 from Russia
observed tail (from various sources) #'s
15-2451, 15-2454, 15-2456 Su-25T; 15-2457, 15-2459 SU-25UBK
Source: excerpt from 12.02.06, ARMS-TASS (Moscow)
Iran will purchase three twin-seat Su-25UBT attack aircraft from Russia, the publication Middle East News Line has reported with a reference to a source in the Russian defense industry. According to the publicationís information, the contract was concluded in 2005 and will be fulfilled during 2006. The total of the contract still has not been mentioned.
According to information of the Russian information agency NewsInfo, Iran has confirmed the fact of this deal.
According to ARMS-TASS information, the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant delivered three new Su-25UBK airplanes to Iran in 2003. Originally it had been a question of the delivery of 12 aircraft, but the contract was signed only for three airplanes. In this connection, the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant management expressed at that time the hope for continuation of work with Iran on this subject.