Russia begins production of the Su-75 Checkmate, the manufacturer said
MOSCOW, ($1=72.64 Russian Rubles) – Russia is starting production of its latest fifth-generation Su-75 Checkmate fighter jet, announced the head of the United Aviation Corporation [UAC] Yuri Slyusar during the international military air show in Dubai, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
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According to Slyusar, the plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur is starting the simultaneous production of several prototypes, which will have to perform the necessary tests in the coming years. “In Komsomolsk, work began on the production of several prototypes simultaneously,” said Yuri Slyusar.
According to repeated statements by Russian manufacturers, analysts, and military experts, 2023-2024 is the period in which the Su-75 will be ready to make its first flight. Before that, however, the fighter will have to pass the necessary ground tests to confirm the operation of the software and hardware components of the aircraft.
According to a military expert of the Russian news agency Aviapro, the simultaneous production of several prototypes says that the United Aviation Corporation, which is under the leadership of Rostek, will work on an unmanned version of the fighter. Such intentions have been mentioned before by the Russians, but there is still no official confirmation of them, and such information can only be considered a guess.
If the tests pass successfully, the serial production of the fighter will most likely begin in 2026.
As it became clear, the first flight is expected in 2023, while serial production is in 2026. BulgarianMilitary.com assume that one of the prototype that will be made, it will receive complete armaments, avionics, and radar to be tested in real combat conditions in Syria [if the civil war is not over by then].
It seems that the Russians’ expectations for the future and efficiency of the Su-75 Checkmate are high. At this early stage, there is no way to conclude or accept as authoritative the statements and comments of those involved in the development of the fighter. The first data and analyzes will come in stages over the next year and a half. Only then will conclusions and analyses of the technical characteristics be made.
Argentina, Vietnam, India
These are the three countries that are most often mentioned as potential buyers of Checkmate. These three countries also want to bring down the F-35 market leader, but not at any cost. In reality, the three countries are not in conflict with the United States.
But the Su-75 allows them to buy a much cheaper fifth-generation aircraft than the F-35. However, will the Russian quality correspond to that of the F-35? The answer is 50/50. The F-35 has been operating in international markets in this area for years, but in the last 24 months, whether unexpectedly or planned, serious problems have started to appear. We can assume that in one way or another, if the Su-75 wants to remove its American competitor from the market, then its developers have made sure that it meets international requirements.
But Argentina, Vietnam, and India? India seems to have another goal – to develop its next-generation fighter. Many times she gave requests and signals for these intentions, but just as often she sought solutions outside the country.
Either Vietnam spread the word or it leaked elsewhere, but the Asian side is more interested in the Su-57 than the Su-75. This was the case until the last fighter appeared on the market.
The main question, however, is another – who will spend hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars to help the Russians complete the Su-75? Because the one who does it will have a serious advantage in terms of quantity, price, and production time. Is there no fourth player?
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