It’s small, it’s cheap, modern, and deadly – and it’s designed to help Russia’s aircraft builders stay a fixture in the jet fighter export market for many years to come. We are talking about the new Russian fighter “The Checkmate”. Unofficially, it bears the name Suchoi Su-75, and its creators attach great importance to the fact that the specimen shown so far is already a real prototype – just not yet in an airworthy condition. “The Checkmate” should achieve this in 2023. Until then, it has to be enough to examine the new fighter on the ground.
From next week it should also be possible for a foreign audience to admire the “Checkmate” for the first time. The defense company Rostec wants to show “The Checkmate” from November 14th to 18th at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The emirates are “an excellent platform to present the aircraft to a wide range of potential partners”, one hears from the Rostec area. Accordingly, “several closed presentations for the delegations taking part in the show as well as an open presentation for visitors and media representatives” are planned.
The entire “Checkmate” campaign as well as the aircraft itself are specially tailored to the needs of foreign customers, with Rostec apparently hoping to bring Arab companies, and above all investors, on board as direct project partners.
Technically, “The Checkmate” should largely be based on the larger Su-57, but be significantly cheaper to buy and maintain. It is uncertain whether the Russian Air Force will buy the jet.