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Russia’s Su-75 Won’t Ever Beat the F-35 (And May Never Fly)

Expert: “I would argue that Russia will never build the Su-75 as there is likely little demand for such a jet after seeing Moscow’s performance in Ukraine.”

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Su-75 mockup image. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Will the Su-75 “Checkmate” Reach Serial Production? – Earlier this month, it was reported that Russia’s highly-touted Su-75 “Checkmate” won’t make its maiden flight until at least some time in 2024 at the very earliest. However, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) – a division of the state-owned military-tech conglomerate Rostec – also announced that it would build four prototypes of the lightweight single-engine fighter in the coming months, with a goal to launch Checkmate serial production just three years later.

“We use advanced super-computer technologies in the Checkmate project, which enables us to cut substantially the timeframe of building the prototype and begin the flight tests already in 2024. Now preparations have been launched for the production of two prototypes. In all, we plan to build four prototypes,” UAC CEO Yury Slyusar told Tass earlier this month during the Army 2022 international military-technical forum, Russia’s largest military trade show.

The one advantage that Russia may have in ramping up production of the Su-75’s prototypes is that the bargain bunker aircraft utilizes equipment and components from the Su-57 (NATO Reporting name “Felon”), Russia’s fifth-generation stealth aircraft that has been in development for more than a decade. By “recycling” the R&D, and relying on components could be crucial to any effort to meet the Su-75’s tight timeline – yet, it should be noted that the Su-57 still has yet to reach full rate or serial production.

Su-75: Looking to the Export Market

UAC has claimed that steady progress has been made on the aircraft’s development since it was unveiled last summer at the MAKS 2021 international airshow outside of Moscow last summer. A mock-up of the aircraft, which was designed by UAC subsidiary Sukhoi Aircraft Company, was further displayed at the Dubai Airshow 2021 in the United Emirates (UAE) as an attempt to draw interest from potential foreign buyers.

UAC has also marketed the Su-75 as a derivative of the Su-57 fifth-generation fighter, which would be far more affordable than the American-designed Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. Slyusar had told reporters that foreign customers have outlined their requirements for the Su-75 Checkmate fighter, and its further development will address those needs.

The single-engine fighter will reportedly incorporate stealth technology, as well as an internal weapons bay to carry air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles. That could indicate that the Su-75 could serve as both an air superiority and ground attack aircraft for nations with tight budgets.

The fighter can also carry a payload of more than 7 tonnes of armament and reportedly will be capable of striking up to six targets at a time. Other stealth characteristics include a hybrid wing body, a V-shaped tail, and an improved jet engine air intake with lighter mechanical systems.

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Russia’s Su-75 Checkmate Stealth Fighter. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Current specifications, which haven’t actually been put to the test or confirmed, also suggest the aircraft would have a top speed of Mach 1.8 and an operating range of 3,000 km. It will also have an open architecture configuration to meet the customer’s requirements and unique artificial intelligence technologies.

If it actually reaches full production, it could allow more nations to have a capable fifth-generation aircraft – but most experts would agree that the Kremlin’s claims that it would be comparable to the F-35 Lightning II, or that it could hold its own against the Lockheed Martin fifth-generation, are entirely misleading. The Su-75 could be a capable aircraft, and affordable alternative to the F-35 – but it still isn’t an F-35.

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Su-75 Checkmate Stealth Fighter. Image Credit: Russian Government.

What the Experts Told 19FortyFive on Su-75

“I would argue that Russia will never build the Su-75 as there is likely little demand for such a jet after seeing Moscow’s performance in Ukraine,” explained a former National Security Council staffer in the George W. Bush Administration, speaking to 19FortyFive on background. “Looking at Russia’s pitiful performance in building the Su-57 and aircraft carriers in recent years, I would never give Putin a ruble for any of his garbage military equipment. History shows Russia comes in over budget and years late – and the military hardware may never work as advertised.”

Expert Biography: A Senior Editor for 1945, Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers, and websites with over 3,000 published pieces over a twenty-year career in journalism. He regularly writes about military hardware, firearms history, cybersecurity, and international affairs. Peter is also a Contributing Writer for Forbes. You can follow him on Twitter: @PeterSuciu.

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Expert Biography: A Senior Editor for 1945, Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers, and websites with over 3,000 published pieces over a twenty-year career in journalism. He regularly writes about military hardware, firearms history, cybersecurity, and international affairs. Peter is also a Contributing Writer for Forbes. You can follow him on Twitter: @PeterSuciu.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Olga

    August 30, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    Russia not happy with ban on Russian tourists an the demolishing of Russian ww2 statues,notice they never put a statue up of the red army degenerates of stains evil military who raped over 2 million girls and women in Germany 1945 causing 10,000 poor souls to commit suicide because of the savage barbaric actions of the Russian scim red army

  2. Omega 13

    August 30, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    The Su-75 doesn’t exist except as a SolidWorks model. Please stop claiming this is a thing.

  3. Balter

    August 31, 2022 at 3:08 am

    If the F-35 is your goal (and the images seem to indicate as much) then it’s an electronics warfare platform. Chief strength is multiple OTH targeting and countermeasures. Absent those it’s a slow old cow of a plane, fighters designed five decades ago can literally fly circles around it. That means an assumption of electronic superiority based on what is really 20th century technology. Now, if you could trail along a formation of semi-autonomous drones the F-35 would be dominant for perhaps another decade or two, although it is already the case human pilots cannot handle the G force to outmaneuver nonhuman air platforms.

  4. Phillip

    August 31, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Russian performance is difficult to measure as all those not involved directly in the conflict are exposed to two sides of propaganda rather than anything tangible. We are seeing a very polar world evolve from the conflict. If Iraq had been openly supported by a modern China and Russia, I could see that conflict having been exasperated too. Reading between the lines of people coming back from the front tells a different story than any ‘news’ if you can call it that. Russian aircraft seem to still be in demand by people in the know, but politics/cronyism are major drivers in pursuing purchases rather than simple cost/performance metrics.

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