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The designers of the new Su-75 Checkmate discussed the new aircraft with Russian state-backed news enterprise TASS.
Russian state-backed news outlet TASS has published an in-depth infographic on the new Sukhoi Su-75 Checkmate fighter.

Mikhail Strelets, the Checkmate’s chief designer, told TASS that the Su-75 project had its roots in the Russian military’s experience over the course of Moscow’s intervention into the Syrian Civil War. Russian leadership concluded that the strike role played by the Su-35 in Syria could have been filled by a cheaper fighter with a smaller footprint.
An analysis of the use of air strikes in Syria revealed that the capabilities of heavy twin-engine aircraft systems turned out to be overly excessive for carrying out most tasks,” Strelets said, according to TASS.

Strelets also confirmed that the Checkmate derives its design language from the Su-57 fifth-generation air superiority stealth fighter. The Checkmate also boasts a degree of component overlap with the Su-57, notably including the cockpit and avionics suite.

“The tendency of harmonizing aircraft inventory is on the rise,” he said. “Due to a high level of inter-project harmonization, the joint operations of the Su-57, the Checkmate, and unmanned aerial vehicles may form an optimally balanced fleet for various tasks with a minimum operating cost and high combat potential.”
Yury Slyusar, Director General of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), said the Checkmate is intended as “a platform for an entire family of aviation systems.” Slyusar reaffirmed Moscow’s plans to design both an unmanned Checkmate variant. It had previously been reported that manned and unmanned Checkmate aircraft will be able to operate in the same squadron.

“The jet will be capable of sharing information and providing target designation to other air platforms and unmanned aerial vehicles,” he said. “The use of the unmanned modification of the new aircraft will introduce a new method of tactics,” he added.

The Checkmate fighter was unveiled by Russian defense-industrial giant Rostec during the MAKS-2021 airshow in Russia. The TASS infographic confirmed that the fighter will boast a top speed of 2,200 kilometers per hour and maximum flight range of 2,800 km. The standard Checkmate variant has a combat payload of 7,400 kg spread across five hardpoints in internal weapons bays and six external pylons. In keeping with its multirole design, the Checkmate is compatible with a wide range of armaments including air-to-air missiles from the RVV family, the Kh-59MK2 guided missile, and Kh-35UE anti-ship missile, as well as numerous guided/unguided bombs and unguided rockets from the S-8 series.

Rostec executives initially suggested that the Checkmate could have a per-model cost as low as $25 million, but the fighter will start at $30 million prior to any customer-specific modifications. Russian defense industry officials believe that the Su-75 is positioned to compete favorably with the likes of the Dassault Rafale and JAS-39 Gripen by virtue of its aggressive pricing model, robust weapons loadout, and fifth-generation features. Three hundred Checkmate models are expected to be produced for export purposes, with India, Vietnam, and several African states identified as potential customers.

Mark Episkopos is a national security reporter for the National Interest.

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Even if some of them downgraded, it is an aircraft that uses the same avionics, and almost entirely compatible with the Su-57 logistics system. However, it will have a single engine and smaller airframe to reduce flight and maintenance costs. Not every country has the economic conditions or requirements to acquire the jet ideal for long range and high ammunition capacity. So this aircraft could be a great intermediate solution for the emerging air forces.

This aircraft is not developed for countries with economic difficulties or without an air force organization that can't even get a 4th generation jet. Such countries do not already have any priority such as an air intercepting or CAP. Such countries are more interested in close air support aircrafts with mostly turboprop engines for asymmetric threats. Checkmate's potential market is above this level.

The countries shown in the launch promos of the aircraft already adequately explain the potential markets. If the project can progress well, I believe this aircraft will have many buyers, unlike the SU57. It brings the multi-role light attack jet concept to the next generation.
 

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Even if some of them downgraded, it is an aircraft that uses the same avionics, and almost entirely compatible with the Su-57 logistics system. However, it will have a single engine and smaller airframe to reduce flight and maintenance costs. Not every country has the economic conditions or requirements to acquire the jet ideal for long range and high ammunition capacity. So this aircraft could be a great intermediate solution for the emerging air forces.

This aircraft is not developed for countries with economic difficulties or without an air force organization that can't even get a 4th generation jet. Such countries do not already have any priority such as an air intercepting or CAP. Such countries are more interested in close air support aircrafts with mostly turboprop engines for asymmetric threats. Checkmate's potential market is above this level.

The countries shown in the launch promos of the aircraft already adequately explain the potential markets. If the project can progress well, I believe this aircraft will have many buyers, unlike the SU57. It brings the multi-role light attack jet concept to the next generation.
I think it would be among the more popular 5th generation aircraft out there.
 

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Even if some of them downgraded, it is an aircraft that uses the same avionics, and almost entirely compatible with the Su-57 logistics system. However, it will have a single engine and smaller airframe to reduce flight and maintenance costs. Not every country has the economic conditions or requirements to acquire the jet ideal for long range and high ammunition capacity. So this aircraft could be a great intermediate solution for the emerging air forces.

This aircraft is not developed for countries with economic difficulties or without an air force organization that can't even get a 4th generation jet. Such countries do not already have any priority such as an air intercepting or CAP. Such countries are more interested in close air support aircrafts with mostly turboprop engines for asymmetric threats. Checkmate's potential market is above this level.

The countries shown in the launch promos of the aircraft already adequately explain the potential markets. If the project can progress well, I believe this aircraft will have many buyers, unlike the SU57. It brings the multi-role light attack jet concept to the next generation.

If we for once set aside this N-Generaion fashion, and concentrate on the job.
Then SU75 is really going to be a game changer.

Look around and make a list of the aircraft that get the job done, i.e F-16, F-15s etc.
the SU-75 fills in that role, and it offers some realistic stealth and performance parameters.
as opposed to the out of the world parameters that the current 5th Gen and 6gth Gen offer, that cost a fortune.
 

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