Looks like the Russians have lost their first combat aircraft over Syria. This (at the time of writing) has yet to be confirmed by the Russian Ministry of Defence. The article is in Russian here but there’s video that I’ll embed below:A bit of analysis indicates that the it’s an SU-25 Frogfoot (the presence of which has been conformed by open source satellite photographs). The aircraft fires air to ground rockets twice and pops flares, possibly to evade a heat seeking surface to air missile. The video ends before it’s known if the pilot got out.
The Frogfoot is somewhat of an analogue to the iconic A-10. Both do a similar role, close air support. The takeaway for the Russian Airforce may be that anti-ISIS forces are better armed with MANPADs than they thought.