Russian advanced Checkmate fighter may be designated as Su-75

The advanced Russian-made Checkmate single-engine fighter jet is most likely to be designated as Su-75, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said in an interview with the RBK TV channel.

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Russian advanced Checkmate fighter may be designated as Su 75 Rostec’s United Aircraft Corporation plans to begin serial production of the Sukhoi Checkmate single-engine jet fighter ni 2026, UAC CEO Yuri Slyusar said during the presentation at the MAKS-2021 expo (Picture source: TASS)

“This is a working name. Of course, we will eventually come to the traditional designation, to which we are accustomed. Most likely, it will be the Su-75. That is, if the base is taken from the Su-57, then the version will be the Su-75,” Manturov said.

According to the minister, the name Checkmate, under which the fighter was first presented at the MAKS 2021 airshow, was invented by engineers. He expressed confidence that the aircraft will be in demand on the market.

“As for the Checkmate, this is the plane that will be in demand on the market today, taking into account that it is much cheaper,” the minister said, adding that it is not inferior, it is even superior to foreign analogs in terms of air-launched weapons and other tactical capabilities.

The aircraft features a reduced radar signature. It has a compartment with air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons inside its fuselage. The payload weighs seven tons. The fighter jet can hit up to six targets at a time. The Checkmate is expected to perform its maiden flight in 2023 and the start of its serial production is scheduled for 2026.

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