Russia's new next-generation, single-engine fighter was seen at the Zhukovsky international airport near Moscow last Thursday. Pictures of the new fighter were posted on social media, but it was not clear whether the plane was a real prototype or a full-size model.
Last week, Russia's United Aircraft Corporation announced that it is planning to unveil the new fighter on the first day of the MAKS-2021 international exhibition. The announcement said that Russia is one of the only countries in the world capable of manufacturing a next-generation fighter plane, and that the company is convinced that the new plane will "evoke a genuine interest both in our country and in other regions of the world, including among our rivals abroad."
Sources told the Defense Blog website that the new plane will be called "Checkmate". Russian news agency TASS had reported that the Russians are manufacturing a single-engine, next generation fighter. The Sukhoi company announced that it is manufacturing a fighter plane that will have a takeoff weight of up to 18 tons, a speed of Mach 2 (more than two times the speed of sound), and improved takeoff and landing performance due to its thrust vector engine.
The new fighter is intended to replace aging Mig-29 and Sukhoi Su-25 fighters.