MOSCOW ($1=56.55 Russian Rubles) — Russia’s fifth-generation stealth fighter Su-75 Checkmate, which was unveiled nearly a year ago in Moscow, will make its first test flight in 2025. The news was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg.
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“2025 is the first flight,” Borissov said, TASS reported. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds us that Moscow has announced that the first flight of the fighter will be next year, in 2023. According to Borissov, two years will pass between the first flight and the serial production of the fighter, which means that 2027 is the period in which Moscow can start serial production of the Checkmate if no further delays follow.
The information is embarrassing, as Dmitry Shugaev, director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation [FSMTC], continues to argue that the first deliveries of the Su-75 Checkmate to customers [not specified – Russia or other countries] are should started after nearly five and a half years, or 2027.
Su-75 Checkmate fighter – features and weapons
1. Su-75 Checkmate is a single-engine stealth fighter. It is assumed that before the first test flights, the fighter will receive an engine Izdelie 30. This engine is expected by all Russian aviation, as it is expected to become the main propulsion element of both Su-57 and Su-35 in the future.
2. Su-75 Checkmate will develop speed up to Mach 2 and will have a low radar signature.
3. The armament of the Su-75 Checkmate stealth fighter will be similar to that of the Su-57. According to Yuri Slyusar, the Checkmate fighter can take over the entire range of weapons of the Su-57. This means bombs, air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, anti-ship missiles, electronic warfare systems. Yuri Slyusar confirmed that for close combat the fighter will have a 30 mm automatic cannon. According to him, all armaments will be placed both in the inner compartment of the fuselage and on the hard points of the two wings.
4. The Su-75 Checkmate will have an unmanned version. “We hope that the Russian aerospace forces will show interest in this platform, <…> including [until] its unmanned version,” Slyusar said.
5. If the tests are successful, United Aircraft Corporation Rostec will begin mass production. As mentioned above, the UAC hopes the first customer will be Russia, which is very likely. According to Yuri Slyusar, the goal is for the company to produce 300 units of this fighter within the next 15 years. This figure is set at least in the business plan for the Su-75 Checkmate.
6. Su-75 Checkmate will be available on the international market. According to Yuri Slyusar, the company has carefully studied potential countries and regions that would be interested, or have given any signal for such, to buy this fighter. According to the company’s executive director, the desired number of 300 fighters includes international customers. It is also rumored [unconfirmed information] that the Su-75 Checkmate will be a budget fighter and a real competitor in the international markets of the American stealth fighter of the fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II.
7. Su-75 Checkmate is not a version of the Su-57 but was developed from the mistakes made by the Russians in developing the Su-57. This was officially confirmed by Yuri Slyusar.
Su-75 production began in 2027
On May 19 this year, the Russian company Rostec has announced its intentions to begin mass production of the light stealth fighter of the fifth-generation Su-75 Checkmate in 2027. Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov stated the intentions of the company’s management during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “We have plans for starting serial production in 2027,” he said.
Chemezov told Vladimir Putin that the company did not use budget funds provided for national defense and was developing the Su-75 with the company’s funds. Chemezov confirmed that the prototype has been created and the designers are currently preparing the design documentation.
At the meeting, it became clear that the prototype of the Su-75 Checkmate uses certain equipment from the already created Su-57. Chemezov said the prototype integrated the onboard computer and the Su-57’s engine, but they had been reconfigured to meet the requirements of the Su-75.
Moscow has not yet decided whether to buy the Su-75 for the Russian Aerospace Services. At the meeting between Chemezov and Putin, the head of Rostec expressed hope that the Russian Ministry of Defense will purchase the Su-75 Checkmate.
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