The new fighter jet, dubbed the “Checkmate,” was developed by the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), a subsidiary of Russia’s Rostec.
The Checkmate is Russia’s first single-engine stealth fighter jet.
According to several sources, the jet will have a take-off weight of no more than 18 tons. It will be highly-maneuverable with a top speed that exceeds Mach two.
The leaked footage revealed that the fighter jet has internal weapons bays, which are designed to lower radar cross-section.
The design of the jet’s cockpit appears to be identical to that of the larger Sukhoi Su-57.
United Aircraft Corporation released a video saying that they will unveil a new military aircraft at MAKS 2021. Presumably, this is the single-engine 5th-generation fighter from Sukhoi that was mentioned in May.https://t.co/EuwC0NVdoP pic.twitter.com/zeyJmqS8gn
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The fighter jet appears to be also equipped with an infrared search and track (IRST) system for aerial targets. A day earlier, Rostec revealed that the jet is equipped with an integrated electro-optical targeting system for ground and sea-based targets.
The Checkmate stealth fighter jet will be officially presented for the first time during the MAKS-2021 Air Show which is set to open on July 20.