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Production date for Russia's latest fighter aircraft revealed

Added 05-18-22 09:37:03am EST - “Rostec's Sergey Chemezov gave an update for production plans for Russia's leading aviation projects” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Production date for Russia’s latest fighter aircraft revealed”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Sukhoi Su-75 Checkmate, a light single-engine cousin of Russia’s advanced Su-57 fighter jet, will go into production sometime in 2027, the head of state-owned Rostec said on Wednesday.

The deadline was revealed by Sergey Chemezov during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin. He detailed the progress of several leading Russian aviation projects, including the Checkmate.

The light fighter jet derived from the heavier fifth-generation twin-engine Su-57 was first introduced last year. Rostec hopes it could become a major arms export boost for Sukhoi, a subsidiary of the Russian defense conglomerate.

The Checkmate uses some of the technology developed for the Su-57 project, including the powerplant, but has several distinctive features, like its diverterless air inlet and V-tail control surfaces. The supersonic warplane can carry a payload of up to 7 tons in its internal weapons bay and has a range of 3,000km, according to designers.

So far, a single prototype has reportedly been finished, with two more underway. The aircraft is to make its maiden flight next year.

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