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Sukhoi Checkmate: An advanced yet affordable match for the F-35 Lightning II

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Today, on the first day of the International Aviation and Space Show MAKS-2021, the new Sukhoi fighter, a fifth-generation single-engine single-seater nicknamed Checkmate was presented to the public.

The expectations were high for the new fighter jet, after several photo and video leaks in the previous days which showed a novel aircraft and in a way, a product bound to compete in the same league as the Lockheed Martin F-35.

In the morning the Checkmate was presented to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and hours later the presentation ceremony for journalists took place. The premiere was global and streamed live via YouTube.

As explained during the presentation, Checkmate is a project for a new generation multi-role light combat aircraft, which incorporates advanced technical solutions but adapted from technologies already developed for aircraft such as the Su-57 Felon or the MiG-35 Fulcrum.

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