Rostec Corporation will create an unmanned version of the Checkmate fighter

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The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) "Rostec" will create an unmanned version of the Checkmate light tactical fighter ("Checkmate"), equipped with one engine. Rostec said this at a presentation during the International Aviation and Space Salon of 2021 (MAKS-2021), TASS reports .

"An unmanned version of the aircraft is being created," the corporation said.

According to the head of the UAC, Yuri Slyusar, it is expected that the unmanned fighter will arouse the interest of potential customers, including the Russian Aerospace Forces.

In addition, a carrier-based fighter can be created on the basis of Checkmate, said Deputy chief designer of the aircraft Alexey Bulatov, his words are quoted by RIA Novosti . "The ship's version is also being considered ... this will be a separate topic, today we are considering the basic version, " Bulatov said at the presentation.

Earlier, Rostec presented a sample of the first Russian light tactical single-engine fighter during the International Aviation and Space Salon of 2021 (MAKS-2021) [...] . The aircraft for foreign customers will be called Checkmate ("Checkmate"). The possible name of the fighter within the country is the Su-75. According to the head of Rostec, Sergey Chemezov, it will cost from 25 to 30 million dollars.

It is planned that the first Checkmate flight will take place in 2023, and prototypes will be created in 2024. The first deliveries should begin in five and a half years. At the same time, it is specified that the fighters will be designed for the price set by the customer.

Marina Sovina

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