MOSCOW, August 9. / TASS /. The latest Russian Checkmate fighter unveiled at the MAKS-2021 international airshow is in demand in the global arms market, the head of state-owned technology company Rostec Sergey Chemezov said on Monday.
“There is no need to look for a geopolitical aspect in our new light tactical aircraft. The real reason is much simpler: planes of this type are really in high demand in the global arms market,” said the CEO of Rostec in an interview. with the Wall Street Journal.
As Chemezov said, the Checkmate will become “a real workaholic solution” for countries that cannot buy the US F-35 Lightning II fighter for $ 120 million. According to Rostec’s estimate, the new Russian fighter will cost around $ 30 million.
The new Russian single-engine fighter is based on stealth technology and is equipped with an interior compartment for air-to-air and air-to-air weaponry. The hunter will carry a payload of over 7 tonnes and be able to hit up to six targets at a time.
The Checkmate fighter will be able to fly at Mach 1.8 (1.8 times the speed of sound) and will have a range of 3000 km. The aircraft will be equipped with a very efficient powertrain. The new fighter is expected to take off in 2023 and Rostec plans to start serial production of the fighter from 2026.