The production cost of Russia’s fifth-generation stealthy light fighter Su-75 is about 30 million USD. This information was published in Interfax, by a source in the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).
According to information from Interfax, $ 30 million is “the production cost of an experimental Su-75 Checkmate fighter “, while the cost of mass production of the Su-75 is still undetermined.
The head of Rostec Sergei Chemezov said that the cost of a new fighter (not a model or a demonstration aircraft) will be around 25-30 million USD. But if the model or prototype is already priced at $30 million, the finished plane will cost much more than the original price declared by Russia.
Of course, it can be assumed that this price does not include aircraft research and development funding; If the cost of research and development is included, the Su-75 stealth fighter cannot have such a price, because the R&D cost hundreds of millions of dollars. For example, according to open sources, the development of the Su-57 cost Russia about 1.65 billion USD.
From this, we can conclude that Russia is trying to encourage potential future buyers of the Su-75 Checkmate light fighter aircraft , by offering an attractive low price.
But is the price so low for such a modern fighter (at least as suggested by the manufacturer) right? When the price of a fighter aircraft includes production costs, plus research and development (R&D) costs and selling costs it will cost more. Therefore, it is difficult to have a price for a light 5th generation fighter like the Su-75 Checkmate for $ 30 million. Currently, the price of an F-35 fighter, the Air Force version costs about 120 million USD.
Finally, Su-57 had introduced to the world 11 years ago, and still its not in mass production, according to the latest news the Russian Ministry of Defense will receive only four Su-57 fighters this year, there are doubts about other published figures for the Su-75 Checkmate, including mass deliveries to begin in 2026.
The Su-75 Checkmate is a single-engine stealth fighter; according to the manufacturer Sukhoi, the Su-75 will be tested in 2022; Before the first test flights, the Su-75 will receive the izdeliye 30 engine. This engine is expected by both Russian aviation, as it is expected to become the main engine of both Su-57 and Su-75 in the future. With the Izdelie 30 engine, the Su-75 Checkmate will reach speeds of up to Mach 2 and will have low radar reflectivity, one of the features of a stealth fighter.