Anyway, the Su-25 Frogfoot was the Soviet Union's main close-support ground attack aircraft throughout the 1980s and indeed it still is for Russia today. The prototypes were tested in actual combat in Afghanistan beginning in mid-1980 and the main production models went into service in the summer of 1981.
There was (and still is) a two-seat trainer version that is distinguishable from the standard Su-25 by it's much more "humpbacked" look. Even though it's a trainer, it is fully capable of carrying out combat missions.
And here are mine:
Given that my LANDJUT scenario begins on March 30, 1981, I don't think it's too much of a mental stretch to think that the Soviets would've had their new ground attack aircraft in service 3-4 months earlier than was historically the case, i.e. in time for the beginning of hostilities.
That's it for this time. More next post!