According to the American newspaper Defense World, at the last Moscow Air Show 2021 (MAKS 2021), Russia launched a new 5th generation fighter aircraft Su-75 Checkmate. The Su-75 can become the main competitor of the FC-31 stealth fighter in the international arms market.
The Russian company Sukhoi develops the Su-75 fighter based on the light tactical aircraft project. Defense experts believe that the Su-75 will become a direct competitor of the FC-31 medium-sized stealth fighter developed by China’s Shenyang company in the global military aircraft market. The FC-31 fighter made test flights eight years ago, and at least two to three prototypes were produced. In terms of progress, FC-31 is one step ahead of Su-75 Checkmate. However, with Sukhoi’s ability, it is unlikely that FC-31 will be available in the international market before the Su-75 Checkmate. Russia’s Su-75 Checkmate fifth-generation single-engine stealth fighter, with a top speed of Mach 1.8 to Mach 2; Flight range 3,000 km and payload 7,400 kg. The prototype is expected to fly for the first time in 2023, and deliveries will begin in 2026.
While The FC-31 medium twin-engine fifth-generation fighter has a maximum take-off weight of 28 tons and engine thrust of 24 tons. The maximum operating radius is about 1,250 km.
The price of the Su-75 fighter is also very attractive, according to information, the price of this aircraft is only 25-30 million USD. On the other hand, the price of each FC-31 is expected to be around $70 million, which is not a low price, for a Chinese-made fighter.
Indian LCA Tejas mk1a
The ‘Checkmate’ is priced attractively between Rs 186-224 crore apiece (25-30 million), much lower than even the indigenous LCA Tejas Mk-I at Rs 309 crore (42 milliom) and its trainer version at Rs 280 crore. The price works favourably even when compared with the high-tech, but four-and-a-half generation French Rafale air fighter which India has bought at Rs 1,638 crore a piece.
The Su-75 Checkmate fighter can also have an unmanned and two-seat version. Russian officials claim that the Su-75 Checkmate will compete with the US F-35 as well as the new Chinese fighter and other competitors in the international market.
Aviation experts say that, from an aerodynamic design perspective, the Su-75 Checkmate seems to have superior stealth capabilities than the Su-57, helping it to better evade enemy radar detection.
According to the US media outlet “Military Observation”, the Su-75 Checkmate uses a design with two vertical tails, tilted outwards in a V-shape, very similar to the layout of the tail wings of the F-35; and like the F-35, the Su-75 is equipped with only one engine.
Su-75 and Su-57
Likely, the Su-75 Checkmate will be the lightest of the 5th generation fighters, about the same weight as the Swedish JAS-39 Gripen and the JF-17 Fierce Dragon. jointly developed by China and Pakistan.
But single-engine fighters usually make up a small fraction of the total number of fighters produced in the world today. Compared to twin-engine fighter aircraft, the cost of building a single-engine aircraft is lower, maintenance requirements and operating costs are also lower.
The Su-75 Check-in fighter is expected to face competitors in the export market, and its main competitor will be the US F-35A. But the Su-75 Checkmate will have the maneuverability that the F-35 does not have, and the design and use costs are also lower
According to Russian media Some of the main potential customers of the Su-75 Checkmate fighter include Egypt, Iran, India, Vietnam, Belarus and several other countries in Africa.
Su-75 checkmate fighter
These countries all have a large number of traditional light or medium fighters, including the F-16, F-4, Mirage 2000 and MiG-29 fighters; or have a tradition of using Soviet/Russian fighters.
For several reasons, the Su-75 Checkmate may be more attractive as a replacement for the MiG-29. The operating costs and maintenance requirements of the Su-75 Checkmate are likely to be lower than that of the MiG-29.
Some Soviet republics such as Belarus, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan as well as countries such as India, Iran, Syria, Serbia are still using MiG-29 fighters. These countries also have the ability to use the Su-75 Checkmate to replace the aging MiG-29 aircraft.