Checkmate - completely new fifth-generation lightweight fighter jet. Aircraft prototype was first time presented during the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2021.
The Checkmate is a unique aircraft in its class, with a combat radius more than 1,400 km. It has the largest thrust-to-weight ratio, and a combat payload of 7,400kg – an absolute record for aircraft of this class. It is equipped with modular weapons bays that can accommodate the full range of current air-to-air missiles, gun mounts, bombs and rockets.The jet is designed to be stealthy, able to operate in almost any weather condition.
Checkmate uses technologies that have been tested in real combat conditions. Digital design work helped Sukhoi develop this aircraft in record time. Although development takes only about a year, the first flight of “Checkmate” is expected to be completed in 2023.
It is said to be capable of continuous supersonic flight, at speeds of up to Mach 1.8. The Aircraft designed with short but non-vertical take-offs. A UAV version is also currently in development.