On Tuesday, July 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin inspected a prototype of a new fifth-generation Sukhoi fighter jet that Russia unveiled at its annual MAKS airshow near Moscow. The fighter jet, which goes by the project name “Checkmate,” is likely to be presented as a rival to the US F-35 stealth fighter, said Oleg Panteleyev, head of the Aviaport analysis agency. The Russian leader in his opening speech to kick off the fair praised his country’s technological capabilities. “Russian aviation has great potential for development and our aviation industry continues to develop new competitive aircraft,” he said.
According to the Interfax news agency citing a presentation, the fighter jet is expected to make its maiden maiden flight in 2023 and a first batch is expected to be produced in 2026, it said. Rostec, the Russian state defense and aerospace conglomerate, said the plane was difficult to detect and would have low operating costs. A short promotional video featured pilots from the United Arab Emirates, India, Vietnam and Argentina, suggesting that Moscow wants to launch the plane overseas.
A massive investment in military aircraft
Russia already has fourth-generation fighter jets, the heavy-class Sukhoi Su-27 and the light-class Mikoyan MiG-29. It has only one fifth-generation heavy-class fighter jet, the Su-57, but no light-class equivalents, Panteleyev said. “Light-class fighter jets are in more demand around the world than heavy-class fighters, they are cheaper and more suitable for states that do not have large territories,” he told Reuters.
In recent years, Russia has successfully produced prototypes of new weapon systems, but has sometimes had trouble switching to serial production. President Putin, during his tenure, has invested heavily in military aircraft and new weapons, both for his own armed forces and to increase export earnings from arms sales. Many of their new weapons are still based on technology from the Soviet Cold War era.
A new Checkmate fighter was introduced to Putin at MAKS-2021. What is known about him:
– This is Russia’s first fifth-generation multi-function light fighter with one engine;
– its maximum combat load will be 7400 kg, speed – up to two Mach numbers; pic.twitter.com/vwbxBjP1Ia
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