On July 20th, Russian President Vladimir Putin received a “sneak peek” at Russia’s new fifth generation single-engine fighter jet.
The warplane is quite teased, as Rostech published a hype video on July 19th to announce that it would be showed off on July 20th.
A video, however, was leaked on social media showing the mock place at the MAKS-2021 salon.
MSM is calling it “Checkmate” as it was advertised as putting Russia’s adversaries in a state of checkmate.
LTS Sukhoi “Checkmate” is Russia’s first fifth-generation lightweight multi-role single-engine fighter jet.
This aircraft has incredible flying qualities, broad strike and reconnaissance capabilities, it is also equipped with the latest avionics, and the aircraft has a reduced radar signature, said Dmitry Shugaev, director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) of the Russian Federation.
Aviation expert Oleg Panteleev reported that it will be a fifth-generation light tactical fighter with a high combat load and advanced means of aviation destruction. The V-shaped tail and wing contour indicate the use of low-visibility technologies, the expert added.
The head of Rostec, Sergey Chemezov, and the general director of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Yury Slyusar, presented the warplane to Putin at the exhibition pavilion of the Sukhoi company.
The fighter prototype is unique and has not been developed before in Russia, according to a presentation by state-owned UAC.
A UAC press release said the fighter jet “combines innovative solutions and technologies” and has “low visibility and high flight performance.”
The company’s head, Slyusar, also touted the aircraft’s features on Russian state TV, describing the planes as “unique in their class” and adding that they have “a combat radius of 1,500 kilometers, the largest thrust-to-weight ratio, shortened takeoff and landing, more than seven tons of combat load, which is an absolute record for aircraft of this class.”
Its first flight is expected in 2023, Russian state media reported, citing a presentation shown to the Russian President.
UAC also expects deliveries of the new single-engine fighter to begin in 2026.
Earlier in the day, Putin lauded Russia’s aviation industry in a speech at the air show’s opening.
“What we see today in Zhukovsky clearly shows that Russian aviation has great potential for development, and our aircraft industry continues to create new competitive aircraft,” he said.
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