Su-75: is the Russian Checkmate stealth fighter in trouble?

Is the Su-75 in trouble? Delays and cost overruns are nothing new for the Russian military as it tries to bring new stealth fighters into the fleet to fly on a regular basis.

The same goes for the “presumed” fifth generation Sukhoi Su-75 Checkmate war plane. The development of this aircraft is like a boring game of chess that continues with no victory in sight. 19fortyfive reported that the plane will not be produced before 2026. Other Resources suggest that the first flight will take place in 2024. The question is not whether it will be delayed but how long it will be delayed.

No flights until 2024

In August, Denis ManturovRussian Minister of Industry and Trade, said the Interfax agency that “changes were made to the design which corrected the first flight time. But at the same time, the principle of modularity and modern digital technologies made it possible to make these changes in the shortest possible time, and as early as 2024 we plan to start flight tests.

Can it build on the Su-57?

A model of the Su-75 was exhibited at the MAKS air show in Moscow in 2021. It was also presented at the Dubai Airshow in 2021 in the United Arab Emirates. Manturov said the ministry had “received feedback from potential customers.” He said the manufacturer was looking for ways to cut costs and design technical solutions and build on Russia’s progress. Su-57 next generation stealth fighter.

Quickly find foreign customers

To help pay for the Su-75 program, Russia intends to sell it on the export market at the affordable price of $25-30 million apiece. Vietnam and India are potential customers. Russia United Aircraft Corporation wants to build four prototypes. A so-called “supercomputerwill allow this design to be conducted faster than conventional means. The prototypes will also have a head start due to the research and development already carried out under the Su-57 program.

Specs could make it valuable

The United Aircraft Corporation also has a driverless version planned for the Su-75, although this would add to the cost of the manned aircraft. The Su-75 will have a motor and be versatile for both air superiority and ground strike capability. Alternatively, the Su-57 can be configured with two engines. Advanced attack systems will allow the Su-75 to track six targets at once and it will carry seven tons of ammunition. This can include air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, unguided missiles, or laser-guided bombs. The aircraft aims to reach a speed of MACH 1.8 with a range of 1,864 miles.

Can an export program be supported by Russia?

One of the issues with placing the Su-75 on the export market will be the need for parts availability, maintenance and training for foreign air forces. These components and services will be difficult to provide if the cost increases on the aircraft. The Su-75 program also faces sanctions and export restrictions.

Sanctions hurt

As John V. Parachini and Peter A. Wilson wrote for the RAND Corporation, “Western sanctions have also hampered the ability of the Russian aerospace and defense industry to obtain certain essential technologies to mass-produce its own advanced combat sensors with microprocessor subsystems”.

Will it really be stealth?

The aircraft may not even be stealthy or fifth generation as claimed. Marketing materials haven’t mentioned the word “stealth” so far. This program seems optimistic and Russia seems to be over-promising and under-delivered. Its build schedule, first flight, and path to mass production are a moving target.

Su-75 Checkmate. Image credit: TASS.

It’s also unclear whether potential customers in the developing world even want brand new fighters with no proven experience. The Russian Air Force underperformed during his war with Ukraine. His fighters are slaughtered. Foreign air forces may instead want to focus on purchasing drones for ground strike missions. So the Su-75 program has its work cut out – not only does it have to sell, but the manufacturer also has to deliver a working aircraft that is actually stealthy and delivers on its promises. For Russia, this often means delays and increased costs.

Biography of the expert: As editor of defense and national security in 1945, Dr. Brent M. Eastwood is the author of Humans, Machines and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an emerging threat expert and former US Army infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood. He holds a doctorate. in Political Science and Foreign Policy/International Relations.

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