Compared to a newer twin-engine Su-57 stealth fighter already in Russia, the new lightweight fighter would be smaller and would have only one engine, the Associated Press reported.
The single-engine fighter jet would be similar to the American F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, but the engine, which is still in development, would give the aircraft the ability to fly at supersonic speed, the AP noted.
Several news organizations report that the fighter plane was dubbed “Checkmate” by Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi, and is expected to be presented at the MAKS-2021 international aviation and space show in Zhukovsky on Tuesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to attend the air show next week, the PA reported.
Russian state-owned company Rostec, the parent company of Sukhoi, teased a video of the new aircraft earlier this week, calling it “a fundamentally new military aircraft.”
The AP reported that the fighter was probably trying to compete with an American fighter jet, the American F-35 Lightning II fighter.
“Russia is one of the few countries in the world with full cycle capabilities for the production of advanced aviation systems, as well as a recognized pioneer in the creation of combat aircraft. The new product developed by UAC specialists is expected to generate genuine interest not only in our country, but also in other regions of the world, including our competitors abroad, ”said a spokesperson for Rostec. in a press release.