"Checkmate" from Russia

(To Tiziano Ciocchetti)

The new light fighter was officially presented yesterday, July 20, at the MAKS 2021 airshow stealth Russian named Checkmate (checkmate), produced by Sukhoi.

The aircraft presented to the public is actually a mock up, however, it still allowed us to provide a closer look, in order to be able to evaluate its characteristics.

Surely the new fighter is equipped with artificial intelligence, which allows it to command other aircraft such as the heavy UCAV S-70, also built by Sukhoi. Another feature is the low visibility and, given the shape of the airframe, high maneuverability even at low altitudes. An AESA radar is housed in the nose section.

Furthermore, the Sukhoi aircraft was also designed for export, being able to carry a vast array of armaments such as long-range R-37M air-to-air missiles, Kh-38 air-to-surface missiles, Kh-59 and Kh cruise missiles. -36 GROM-1/2 and KAB-250 laser guided bombs.

Once in production the Checkmate it could be of interest to quite a few airplanes, also given the lack of interest in light combat aircraft in recent years.

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