Fighter Checkmate went from "cartoons" to real production


Like last summer at the MAKS-2021 air show, the promising light multi-role Su-75 fighter made a real sensation at Dubai Airshow-2021. Why is so close attention paid to the Russian Checkmate? Let's figure it out.


First of all, I would like to once again applaud the PR specialists of Rostec, who have released an absolutely gorgeous and witty promo video. Advertisers obviously do not eat their bread in vain. They clearly identified the target audience, potential opponents and competitors of our fighter, and also gave a very significant hint at the end, which we will talk about in more detail below. Now let's move on to the most enjoyable.

From the stage of "cartoons" project Checkmate surprisingly moved to the real production of them. It is stated that assembly of prototypes of the aircraft has already begun in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The first flight of the fighter will take place in 2023, and serial production will start in 2026. So the "spiteful critics" who, after the bright presentation of the Su-75 at MAKS-2021, proceeded with poison, calling it "plywood" and "cartoonish", let them choke on their own poison. Why did Rostec manage to switch from computer graphics and full-scale models to real production so quickly?

There are many reasons for this. To summarize them, we can say that the Su-75 owes its appearance to the Su-57 (Felon according to NATO classification). The first Russian fifth generation heavy fighter was created with a lot of difficulties, many technical problems had to be overcome, caused by the overall complexity of such a project. But this also made it possible to use the existing Felon developments in Checkmate.

In particular, the Su-75 will receive the AL-41F-1 power plant (the so-called “Product-117”). This engine was developed at the OKB im. A. Lyulki specially for fifth generation fighters. Thanks to deep modernization, the maximum thrust force of "Product-117" has increased by 20%, the resource has increased by 4 times, the reliability has increased and the fuel consumption has decreased. This aircraft engine will be used on the Su-35S fighters, on the Su-75 light fighters, as well as on the first stage of the Su-57 heavy fighters. In the future, the Russian Felon will be equipped with two "Products-30", even more powerful and sophisticated engines. This suggests that this power plant in the future may appear on Checkmate, further increasing its tactical and technical characteristics.

By the way, about performance characteristics. The Su-75 in its current configuration has a takeoff weight of 18 tons, a service ceiling of 16 m, a practical range of 500 kilometers, and a maximum non-afterburner speed of 2800 M. -land "and" air-to-air ", simultaneously attack up to 1,8 targets. With a flight hour costing 7400 times less than the F-6, it is a more than adequate alternative to the apparently overpriced fifth generation American fighter jet, which is 6 times more expensive than the Checkmate. Unsurprisingly, the Russian plane is subject to constant information attacks.

Separately, I would like to mention the unmanned version of the Su-75, which was shown in its promotional video by Rostec. An airplane without a cockpit looked both frightening and attractive to the pilot. The transformation of a fifth-generation stealth fighter into an artificial intelligence-driven strike UAV will give the Russian Aerospace Forces a lot of additional advantages.

In this regard, the openly restrained reaction of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to Checkmate is perplexing. Are our military men offended that Sukhoi publicly offered its promising aircraft to buyers from the Middle East, and not to them?

The Su-75 can become an effective intermediate link between the few heavy twin-engine Su-57 and other fighters in the Russian Aerospace Forces. The low operating cost makes Checkmate very attractive for duty and regular air patrols on the western borders of Russia. Su-75 is the place to be, somewhere in the underbelly of the North Atlantic Alliance to fend off the threat from the American F-35.

Add to the above that Checkmate literally asks for the deck itself. Wide wings make it initially structurally suitable for takeoff and landing from aircraft carriers. The existing domestic carrier-based fighters are frankly old and need to be replaced for a long time. In the expert environment, the opinion was expressed that it would be worth adapting the Su-57 as a new carrier-based fighter for the Russian Navy. The problem is that these are quite expensive planes, which are not yet mass-produced, and the RF Ministry of Defense has ordered a very limited batch of them. The more budgetary lightweight single-engine Su-75 may be the optimal solution as a carrier-based fighter of the future.

Even if in Russia they are openly "hammered" on their own aircraft-carrying ships, in other countries, for example, in China or India, military thought is taking a different, perhaps more adequate path, and inexpensive deck-based stealth fighters will definitely be in demand there. Surely New Delhi will show interest in the deck version of the Checkmate.
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  1. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 16 November 2021 14: 36
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    The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has nothing to be offended with, when a prototype appears, then it is possible to speak in detail, but for now, the VKS has not even received the Su 57, what can we say about 75
    1. Peter durum Offline Peter durum
      Peter durum (Peter Durum) 17 November 2021 15: 27
      +1
      Already the first serial Su-57 in service.
  2. Object.F7 Offline Object.F7
    Object.F7 (Object.F7 TV) 16 November 2021 16: 35
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    Product 117 is most likely for export, and product 30 will improve LTH and increase the combat radius, then in an unmanned version (a lot of space for fuel on board) 75 can become a slave for 57. In principle, you can guess why a two-seater version 57 is being created: the operator will busy working with the Hunter for reconnaissance and ground, and the commander will focus on the air situation and work with the unmanned wingman 75. About five years ago, a competent specialist described in the press the concept of an unmanned flock, and these are already signs of the sixth generation of fighters. The production of several prototypes at once is hardly a sensation, as always in such cases, one is purely for ground tests, and the second is already in flight. The Americans seem to be busy with the next generation too, but they don't show anything, everything is in secret and modest text messages, and the general public wants to see photos and videos
    1. Peter durum Offline Peter durum
      Peter durum (Peter Durum) 17 November 2021 15: 28
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      Like there were already some pictures from Northrop and Lockheed.
  3. Sergey Zemskov Offline Sergey Zemskov
    Sergey Zemskov (Sergei ) 16 November 2021 16: 45
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    Where are the orders?
  4. Master Yoda Offline Master Yoda
    Master Yoda (Master Yoda) 16 November 2021 19: 17
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    The UAC indicated that Checkmate will receive the "Product 117" (AL-41F1) as its power plant, i.e. the same engine that is installed on the Su-35S. This is justified if the aircraft is positioned as an export one (there is a unification of engines for the currently exported Russian Su-brand fighters, these engines will also be installed on the Su-30), this is also combined with statements that they want to make the airplane cheaper ("Product 30" is much more expensive, and it is not known when he will be brought to mind - nothing has been heard about him recently)
    1. Voyager Offline Voyager
      Voyager ( Andrew) 18 November 2021 00: 04
      +1
      This is not the same motor. The Su-35 is powered by the AL-41F1S, an older and simpler version of the AL-41F1. For some reason, many are confused not noticing the difference and believing that the Su-57 flies on engines from the Su-35, although the difference between these engines is great.
  5. Petrucho Offline Petrucho
    Petrucho (Peter) 16 November 2021 21: 46
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    My question is, why constantly mention the names that NATO has assigned to Russian equipment, especially given that these names are not disingenuous and, in addition to the general system (which is logical and understandable), they apparently also have the goal of belittling and dehumanizing the enemy in the eyes of their servicemen?
    For me, it sounds approximately as if, for example, in a Soviet school, someone told about the feat of a war hero, constantly pointed out that the Nazis call him a bastard or a bastard. (I'm exaggerating this, just for example)
    This is not only for the author, but in general a frequent occurrence. As it began in the 90s, it has not been possible to reverse this trend. I don’t know, maybe English is just new to journalists or what? Straight some kind of kneeling to the west No.
    1. Peter durum Offline Peter durum
      Peter durum (Peter Durum) 17 November 2021 15: 30
      +1
      NATO has long been giving a classification to each product of the Soviet and now Russian defense industry. But yes, you are right. Ours would have to come up with names for the planes.
  6. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 17 November 2021 07: 41
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    Quote: Petrucho
    This is not only for the author, but in general a frequent occurrence. As it began in the 90s, it has not been possible to reverse this trend. I don’t know, maybe English is just new to journalists or what? Straight some kind of kneeling to the west

    Everything is much simpler. This is done to avoid constant repetition. For example, you need to write an article about China.
    If you write "China" in every sentence, the text will become unreadable. Therefore, it is replaced with identical words: China, China, Beijing, etc.
    Does it become clearer to you?
    1. Petrucho Offline Petrucho
      Petrucho (Peter) 17 November 2021 12: 34
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      I understood your idea and everything is clear with such a literary technique. I’m just against it when the younger generation, starting to be interested in military equipment, can often name NATO codes, but they don’t know their real names. So in the articles of many journalists, "Voevoda" turns into "Satan", Tu-160 into "Blackjack". And the Su-57 - to call it a "criminal" is also not the best move.
      1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
        Marzhecki (Sergei) 17 November 2021 12: 43
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        Synonyms for the Su-57 once, twice, and missed. Well, a fifth generation fighter. How else to write so that it is literary and not strained? Checkmate makes it easier.
        1. Peter durum Offline Peter durum
          Peter durum (Peter Durum) 17 November 2021 15: 32
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          We need to come up with a name for him.
          1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
            Marzhecki (Sergei) 17 November 2021 15: 39
            +2
            Can. But it's better to finish the engine as soon as possible smile
        2. Voyager Offline Voyager
          Voyager ( Andrew) 18 November 2021 00: 09
          +3
          Still, Felon is not an option. You don't call the Su-35 and Su-30 Flankers. In the context of this text, the Su-57 can be called both "heavy" and "senior" in relation to the 75. And just the 57th in the end.
          1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
            Marzhecki (Sergei) 18 November 2021 11: 11
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            Thanks for the advice smile But I think I'll figure it out myself somehow.
            I simply explained to the reader where the legs grow from such a practice. This is not a matter of incompetence or servility towards the West.
  7. Alexander K_2 Online Alexander K_2
    Alexander K_2 (Alexander K) 17 November 2021 20: 00
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    Maybe you should wait for at least One real and capable of taking off prototype?
    1. Voyager Offline Voyager
      Voyager ( Andrew) 18 November 2021 00: 10
      +1
      And before that, to be silent?
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      2. Monster_Fat Offline Monster_Fat
        Monster_Fat (What's the difference) 18 November 2021 13: 36
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        Yes. The assembly has begun ... in "words". The same "assembly" as the "Federation", "Eagle", etc.
        1. Voyager Offline Voyager
          Voyager ( Andrew) 18 November 2021 18: 40
          +1
          What you do is called "words", and empty. Key difference from UAC, in this context.
        2. General Black Offline General Black
          General Black (Gennady) 26 November 2021 23: 38
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          Why are you a swollen gentleman such a pessimist?
  8. Oleg Bratkov Offline Oleg Bratkov
    Oleg Bratkov (Oleg Bratkov) 22 November 2021 22: 07
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    It is unlikely that Russia has scored on aircraft carriers, but there are more important things to do. Aircraft carriers are the seizure of foreign territories, and Russia would strengthen its ...
  9. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 26 November 2021 14: 34
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    Quote: Oleg Bratkov
    It is unlikely that Russia has scored on aircraft carriers, but there are more important things to do. Aircraft carriers are the seizure of foreign territories, and Russia would strengthen its ...

    You are mistaken