Rostec will show the Checkmate fighter abroad for the first time at Dubai Airshow-2021

Rostec will present a new Russian fifth-generation Checkmate aircraft at the Dubai Airshow-2021 international air show, which will be held from November 14 to 18 in the UAE. This was announced by a source in the aircraft industry.

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Rostec will show the Checkmate fighter abroad for the first time at Dubai Airshow 2021 Checkmate fighter unveiled at MAKS-2021 (Picture source: Tass)

Checkmate has attracted great interest abroad, the Emirates is an excellent platform for presenting the aircraft to a wide range of potential partners. It is planned to hold a number of closed presentations for delegations participating in the salon, as well as an open presentation for visitors and media representatives - said the source.

The light tactical aircraft Checkmate developed by the Sukhoi Company (part of UAC Rostec) is the first fifth-generation single-engine aircraft in Russia, first presented in July 2021 at the MAKS-2021 air show. The key features of the aircraft are its stealth, low cost per flight hour, open architecture and high performance in terms of cost-effectiveness. 

It is positioned as an alternative to the United States’ FA-35A Lightning II and Sweden’s JAS-39 Gripen. Checkmate’s potential market is estimated at 300 pieces. Alongside the domestic market the plane may be addressed to countries in Africa, India and Vietnam. The plane, likely to be indexed Sukhoi-75, will be assembled at a plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

Checkmate boasts stealth features and is equipped with an intra-fuselage compartment for air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles (a payload of over seven tonnes). The single-engine supersonic Mach 1.8 fighter has a combat range, 3,000 kilometers and is capable of hitting up to six targets simultaneously.

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