Military Watch magazine has listed the export advantages of the starfighter Su-75 Checkmate at the MAKS 2021 International Aerospace Exhibition.
According to the American newspaper, the first advantage of the Su-75 Checkmate is the missile arsenal, Checkmate’s arsenal will include the R-37M air-to-air missile – the fastest and longest-range air-to-air munition in its class. The R-37M’s Mach 6 speed gives the target very little time to react and dodge.
At the same time, the new aircraft will be equipped with powerful active phased array radar combination allows it to fire at a maximum range of 400 km. Meanwhile, America’s longest-range missile is the AIM-120D capable of hitting targets at a distance of only 180 km.
It is very likely that in the near future, even faster and longer range new generation air-to-air missiles will be introduced into the arsenal of Russian fighters.
The second advantage is the sophistication when Checkmate is applying stealth technology. Moreover, they balance the price-quality ratio: the Su-75 will have to compete with American and Chinese aircraft, where the cost per hour of flight and maintenance time are a very important arguments here.
The Su-75 Checkmate has a low radar reflectance area in frontal projection, especially due to its direct ultrasonic air intake system, which not only provides airflow to the engine in all modes, but also hides the surface, turbine blades from radio waves from most angles.
The third is supersonic speed and super maneuverability, according to the developer, Checkmate will be able to fly at supersonic speed without turning on the booster – this advantage makes the Su-75 take a favorable position if faced with F-35s with a top speed of only Mach 1.6.
It is known that the engine of the new generation fighter made by Russia has a built-in thrust vectoring control, which makes the aircraft super-maneuverable and gives a great advantage in close-range air combat.
So far, many Russian aircraft can boast of this configuration, including the Su-30SM, Su-35, Su-57, besides the Chinese J-10C and partly the F-22 Raptor of USA, equipped with nozzles that can rotate in vertical and horizontal planes.
The fourth advantage is the ability to take off and land from short runways, like all Russian front-line fighters designed for use in the open battlefield, the Checkmate is certainly designed for deployment even with short runways.
Western opponents are said to “do not know how” to do this, while the short take-off and landing is not only the potential of the fighter jet, but also an important advantage in the battle.
Finally, with low operating costs, single-engine fighters are appreciated for requiring users to spend relatively low amounts of money in both procurement and ensuring combat power.
The Su-75 Checkmate fighter will be much less maintenance-intensive than its heavyweight predecessor, the Su-57 Felon, especially suitable for countries with limited defense budgets.
In addition, the similarity in the design of the Su-57 and Su-75 will be the next attraction for countries preparing to buy Russian fifth-generation fighters.
Low cost and ease of maintenance could be the real keys to the success of the Su-75 Checkmate – as designers have achieved with the MiG-21 and F-16.