Russia New Stealth Fighter 'Jet Checkmate'

Russia New Stealth Fighter 'Jet Checkmate'

Russia, which has given the world the jet likes MiG and Sukhoi, has unveiled a new fighter aircraft named 'Checkmate.' The aircraft will compete against US F-35 in the global market.

Russian President inspected the homegrown second fifth-generation fighter aircraft at the MAKS-2021 air show in Moscow.

The fighter jet is anticipated to take to the skies in 2023, with the first batch produced in 2026. Moscow plans to build 300 units of aircraft over 15 years once serial production begins.

The fighter jet was disclosed by United Aerospace Company and Russia, a global organization that includes the MiG and Sukhoi design agency. The aircraft has an uncommon pointy nose and an engine intake below the cockpit.

Checkmate has been developing as a short takeoff-and-landing fighter jet that allows it to operate from aircraft carriers and travel up to 1,500 km in a single flight while loaded with payload and weapons.

Capable of continuous fly supersonic flight, the jet flies at 1,180 mph at its highest speed and can share data in the air with other fighters.

Russia's state aerospace and defense conglomerate, Rostec, said the plane was difficult to detect and would have low operating costs.

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Advantage against the F-35.

Reuters quoted Rostec's chief Sergei Chemezov as saying the aircraft would cost $25 million to $30 million, and Moscow expects demand from the Middle East, Asia Pacific region, and Latin America. The cost is meager than the F-35, which comes at a price of over $75 million.

Slyusar further told reporters.

The company claims to develop the aircraft within six years of the orders, leveraging its experience from Sukhoi manufacturing.

"Our aim is to make flight per hour cost to low as possible, to make it very economical not only to buy but also to operate,"

Russia has been a leader in aircraft manufacturing and currently has fourth-generation fighter jets that include heavy-class Sukhoi Su-27 and light-class Mikoyan MiG-29. Moscow also boasts of one heavy-class fifth-generation fighter jet, the Su-57.

Panteleyev told Reuters.

"Light-class fighter jets are in demand in world than heavy-class ones - they are cheaper and more suitable for states that have small territories," 

The Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter jet was disclosing at MAKS air show in 2011. Over the years, Moscow has invested heavily in military aircraft and new armaments, both for its armed forces and to boost export revenue from weapon sales.

India has been using Russian-made fighter jets, with the Sukhoi acting as a frontline multi-role aircraft apart from the MiG. However, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is phasing out its MiGs to induct the French Rafale and indigenous Tejas into the fold.

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