Failure of the Russian Su-75 Checkmate in the Middle East: what went wrong


Undoubtedly, the Russian fifth-generation fighter Checkmate became the main newsmaker of the summer of 2021. For some symbolic 25-30 million dollars, foreign customers were offered to purchase a single-engine light tactical aircraft made using of technologies Stealth. With such data, the Su-75 predicted the brightest future, but soon the French Rafali crossed its path, intercepting a lucrative contract in the UAE, and then in India. What went wrong?


As you know, Checkmate is an initiative development of the Sukhoi Design Bureau. The fighter was originally intended for export abroad, as evidenced by its very creative advertising. For their money, a foreign customer could get a combat vehicle that is optimal in terms of tactical and technical characteristics and the cost of subsequent maintenance. But, alas, despite the increased interest in development, the queues of buyers for the Su-75 have not yet lined up.

Among the main interested parties and almost secret sponsors of the promising project were the United Arab Emirates, which in recent years have not worked out relations with the United States due to increased economic ties with China. China is interested in Arab oil, the UAE is interested in Huawei 5G technologies and not only. Due to such "tricks" the deal for the purchase of 50 fifth-generation American fighters F-35 hung in the air. The Emirates need powerful combat aircraft to contain Israel's offensive capabilities. Alternatively, the UAE could acquire the Chinese Chengdu J-20 fighters, but this would definitely become a Rubicon in their relationship with the United States.

Checkmate was positioned as an alternative to the F-35, which is more expensive to buy and then maintain, but the order for it was never made. Apparently, for the Arabs, the "round dances" around the Russian fighter jet were a way to tease the Americans. Instead of the Su-75, they signed a contract for the purchase of 80 French Rafale F4 fighters, worth a total of $ 19 billion. At the Sukhoi Design Bureau, having found out about this, they clearly spoke in an unprintable manner about their Middle Eastern partners.

It’s unpleasant. But, on the other hand, could you have expected something else? Checkmate is a promising aircraft, but so far it exists only in the form of blueprints and mock-ups. The flight model is expected only in 2023, the production of the pilot batch - in 2026. At the same time, it is not yet known for certain whether the final cost will correspond to the declared 25-30 million dollars. Maybe here, as in modern gadgets, the plane will be sold in the minimum configuration, and everything you need will need to be purchased for additional money? Who knows them, these "effective managers"?

No, we in no way "drive" the Su-75, this is a really interesting development. The problem is that it does not yet exist in nature. Design Bureau named after "Sukhoi" sells air to customers, but for some reason they do not take it for their money. The fighter must first be created, put on the wing, tested in real combat conditions, for example, in Syria, and identified and eliminated the inevitable "childhood diseases". It’s also not bad for the Su-75 to be officially adopted by the RF Ministry of Defense. This will be the best advertisement for him, although the commercials already shot are certainly good too.

So there is nothing surprising in the fact that the UAE decided to purchase French Rafale fighters, which are in nature, and it is clear what to do with them. It is also quite natural that the Su-75 Checkmate was not interested in practical terms, India, as well as the Su-57.

As you know, New Delhi needs a modern powerful air force to contain the rapidly growing offensive potential of China. The Indian Air Force could be seriously reinforced with the fifth-generation Su-57 heavy twin-engine fighter and the Su-75 fifth-generation light single-engine fighter. The latter in the deck version would be perfect to replace the outdated MiG-29K / KUB fighters. For its three aircraft carriers, the Indian Navy needs a modern lightweight carrier-based fighter. But, alas, the Su-75 does not yet exist either in the basic or in the "chilled" version. The Su-57 heavy fighter, unlike Checkmate, is already flying, but on engines of the previous generation, waiting for the "Product 30".

The result is logical: New Delhi meticulously chooses between the French carrier-based Rafale-M and the American F / A-18 Super Hornet in the Block III version, and the UAE takes 80 French Rafale fighters of the F4 standard. It is clear why the choice is always made in favor of the latter between a promising and a real-life aircraft. Does this mean that the Su-75 has failed?

Not at all. The Su-75 first needs to be refined and, first of all, put into service in the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Russian Navy as a light multipurpose front-line and carrier-based fighter, respectively. Then, you look, and foreign customers will be drawn. Undoubtedly.
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  1. mark1 Offline mark1
    mark1 6 January 2022 14: 44
    +8
    Seryozha, what are you talking about? No one else sells anything, there was just a presentation of the project and that's it ... People looked, thought about the future, this does not affect contracts with Rafals. one will happen now, the second (if any) - later.
    Do you also work for Avio.pro, or is it just an old article they ripped off?
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 6 January 2022 14: 49
      -6
      Seryozha, what are you talking about? No one else sells anything, there was just a presentation of the project and that's it ... People looked, thought about the future, this does not affect contracts with Rafals. one will happen now, the second (if any) - later.

      This is an attempt to get pre-orders.

      Do you also work for Avio.pro, or is it just an old article they ripped off?

      But this is rudeness.
      1. mark1 Offline mark1
        mark1 6 January 2022 14: 55
        +7
        Well, what does rudeness have to do with it, just ... -a coincidence (probably)
        And it's more logical to count on pre-orders in 23.
        1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
          Marzhecki (Sergei) 6 January 2022 16: 22
          -2
          Well, what does rudeness have to do with it, just ... -a coincidence (probably)

          As for shit - this is rudeness. I am the author of over 3 thousand articles and am able to write an article myself.
          I have nothing to do with avia.pro. I don't understand what you are talking about at all.

          And it's more logical to count on pre-orders in 23.

          Who can argue with that? This article is about that, actually.
          1. mark1 Offline mark1
            mark1 6 January 2022 17: 02
            -1
            Quote: Marzhetsky
            I am the author of over 3 thousand articles and am able to write an article myself.

            I hardly doubt that you are able to.

            Quote: Marzhetsky
            I have nothing to do with avia.pro.

            If you don’t have it, you don’t have it, but in general I am quite loyal to this resource - very efficient, reasonably reliable ...
  2. Miffer Offline Miffer
    Miffer (Sam Miffers) 6 January 2022 15: 17
    -2
    The Su-75 first needs to be brought to mind and, first of all, put into service in the Russian Aerospace Forces.

    While the grass grows up, the horse will die of hunger.
    1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
      gunnerminer (gunner miner) 6 January 2022 15: 51
      -8
      Plusanul. We consider retail prices for scrambled eggs. And a chicken in someone else's basket at the bazaar.
  3. svoroponov Offline svoroponov
    svoroponov (Vyacheslav) 6 January 2022 15: 43
    +4
    The Indians need fighters now, and the Su-75 is practically only at the beginning of construction and testing. Therefore, they will choose from what is. Land Rafals have already been purchased, in order to reduce the cost of the line, the Indians are eyeing Rafals for an aircraft carrier. Logic itself suggests this. Only the title of the article is not correct, you cannot lose by selling something that is not yet there. They will build, test, and then you need to look at what and how
  4. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
    gunnerminer (gunner miner) 6 January 2022 15: 47
    -7
    The Su-57 was created as a response to the F-22, the Su-75 as a response to the F-35. Without the simultaneous provision of means of operational support for the crews. Radar with AFAR.
  5. Mikhail L. Offline Mikhail L.
    Mikhail L. 6 January 2022 16: 29
    +1
    ... Didn't want to buy a pig in a poke that hasn't been born yet? Ha!
    1. zenion Offline zenion
      zenion (zinovy) 6 January 2022 16: 33
      +1
      So there is no bag yet, they just drew what the bag will be. And here's how to stuff a cat into a bag while the problem is.
  6. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 6 January 2022 16: 32
    +1
    We believe them that they will buy, but they do not believe us and did not buy. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  7. Teaser Offline Teaser
    Teaser (Vasiliy) 6 January 2022 17: 37
    +2
    Not at all. The Su-75 first needs to be refined and, first of all, put into service in the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Russian Navy as a light multipurpose front-line and carrier-based fighter, respectively. Then, you look, and foreign customers will be drawn. Undoubtedly.

    This is such a bogus banality, why write it at all? Unclear.
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  9. viktortarianik Offline viktortarianik
    viktortarianik (Victor) 6 January 2022 17: 47
    +2
    But what, can blueprints be able to fly?
  10. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 6 January 2022 21: 45
    +1
    Yes, again there is a wave on the non-existent SU75.
    As before, there were waves on MIG35 and SU57. They say the Arabs will buy, the Indians will buy ... but in fact, no one bought and was not going to.

    In the UAE, there is nothing at all from the Russian Air Force (they are competitors in oil with Russia), that is, there will be no logistical support for helicopters-airplanes. And they also have money for expensive equipment from the West, thanks to gas prices.

    The Indians came out of many projects, including the SS57. Buying immediately is a loss of face.

    In Algeria, Egypt, there is logistics for the Russian Air Force, and in Indonesia, with little things nearby.
    But they need to have working products, without "Indian" flights ...
  11. S WITH Offline S WITH
    S WITH (N S) 7 January 2022 00: 54
    +3
    the first Rafali should be received by the Arabs in 27 g, by this time su75 will already be mass-produced, and the Arabs can send the French through the forest, as the Indians (Australians) sent them, who originally wanted 120 pieces, but pulled a little more than 20 pieces).
    there is no doubt that the su 75 will be ready in 2-3 years, because it consists of sets of the serial su57, in the su 75 even the wings, cockpit (canopy), compartment, engine, afar and su57 keels, that is, the aircraft is unified by 70 -80%. therefore, the price is low, this is generally the first time in world aviation history - the Russian Federation is again the first! two different fighters (5-6 generations), heavy and light, are assembled from the same kits.
    then do not forget the Iranians, they will also order at least a hundred pieces
  12. Yury Siritsky Offline Yury Siritsky
    Yury Siritsky (Yuri Siritsky) 7 January 2022 14: 23
    +1
    Why write all sorts of nonsense comparing a still non-existent aircraft with a fighter that has been tested and is in service for a long time.
    1. Tourist Offline Tourist
      Tourist (tourist) 7 January 2022 21: 48
      0
      yes some kind of meaningless set of letters on the topic. From the entire article, the author himself should read only this "Checkmate is a promising aircraft, but so far it exists only in the form of drawings and layouts (in parentheses, we note that this is not a fact, but an assumption). The flight model is expected only in 2023 ( pak yes, su-57, il-112, ...), production of the pilot batch - in 2026. At the same time, it is not known for certain whether the final cost will correspond to the declared 25-30 million dollars. " and not write anything else.
  13. Teaser Offline Teaser
    Teaser (Vasiliy) 9 January 2022 17: 04
    0
    It is not clear: who and on what basis assumed the Su-75 "a bright future"? There were absolutely no grounds for this, and there is still no.
  14. grits Offline grits
    grits (Vadim) 10 January 2022 01: 07
    0
    Sergei, nothing that first was India, and then the United Arab Emirates. This demonstrates your "highest" expert level. And the second thing. Is it difficult to sell something, albeit promising, but existing only in a model, while there is a good (albeit expensive) model on the assembly line? What could be wrong here? .... Got it. I was late to hand over the article, so ...