A development batch of Russia’s single-engine Su-75 Checkmate fighter jets will be manufactured in 2026, according to papers unveiled at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) and obtained by TASS.
“The development batch of the light tactical Su-75 plane <…> due to be manufactured in 2026,” the document said.
The initial batch has to confirm that a new design is ready for full-scale launch of production.
Director General of the United Aircraft Corporation Yury Slusar earlier told TASS that the company plans to manufacture four Checkmate prototypes.
The light tactical fighter Checkmate developed by the Sukhoi Company (part of the United Aircraft Corporation within Rostec) was for the first time presented to the public at MAKS 2021 Airshow. Its foreign debut took place at Dubai Airshow 2021 in the United Arab Emirates.
The Checkmate incorporates the latest technical solutions, open architecture, and unique artificial intelligence technologies. It is a stealth aircraft with an internal compartment for air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons. The payload exceeds seven tons. The jet can destroy six targets at a time. It will be able to fly at Mach 1.8 and will have a combat radius of 3,000 km.