The quest for cost-effective, high-performance fighter jets has intensified in the world of military aviation.

A promising contender has emerged to challenge the supremacy of advanced Western aircraft like the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.

The Su-75 Checkmate, an upcoming fifth-generation single-engine fighter jet developed by Sukhoi, is poised to disrupt the market with its competitive features and more accessible pricing.

Origins and Development

Unveiled at Russia’s prestigious International Air and Space Salon (MAKS) in 2021, the Su-75 Checkmate project quickly garnered global attention.

Dubbed a Lightweight Tactical Aircraft (LTS), it received its moniker “Checkmate” during its nascent stages of development.

Sukhoi, a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation under the umbrella of the Russian state-owned Rostec, spearheads the aircraft’s evolution.

The Su-75 Checkmate aims to offer a cost-efficient alternative for discerning buyers.

Its international debut at the Dubai Airshow later in 2021 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) marked a pivotal moment in its exposure to the global defense market.