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Contrary to recent media reports, India has not officially been offered the fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-75 Checkmate single-engine combat aircraft program by Russia, according to an Indian Air Force (IAF) official speaking to idrw.org. This assertion comes in response to certain media reports suggesting that India and Russia are in talks for the sale of the Sukhoi Su-75 Checkmate.
idrw.org reports that Russia has been actively seeking to engage India in discussions regarding the Sukhoi Su-75 Checkmate, with Russian defense manufacturer Rostec expressing readiness to reduce costs based on feedback received. Rostec officials mentioned that they have received feedback from potential buyers, leading to efforts to optimize costs and analyze technical solutions. While Rostec did not explicitly mention India, some media outlets have claimed that India provided feedback regarding the Checkmate project. However, sources close to idrw.org have denied these claims.
Despite Russia’s efforts, India remains focused on funding its own Tejas MkII and Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) programs. An IAF official to idrw.org emphasized that the Sukhoi Su-75 Checkmate is still 8-10 years away from entering production, even if it borrows technology from the Sukhoi Su-57 (NATO reporting name “Felon”).
The Sukhoi Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) within Rostec, unveiled the Checkmate light tactical fighter at the MAKS 2021 international air show in Moscow. The export model was subsequently introduced at the Dubai Airshow 2021, where India, Argentina, and the UAE were identified as potential customers for the jet. However, the IAF has maintained its distance from the Checkmate, signaling its focus on indigenous aircraft development projects.
- No Official Offer: The IAF official explicitly states that India has not received a formal offer for the Su-75 Checkmate.
- Media Misinformation: Certain media outlets claiming India provided feedback and influenced the program’s direction appear inaccurate.
- India’s Priorities: India is currently committed to funding its own indigenous fighter programs, Tejas MkII and AMCA, and is not actively seeking foreign acquisitions.
- Development Stage: The Su-75 Checkmate is still in its early stages, with flight trials yet to begin. Even with borrowed technology, production is estimated to be 8-10 years away, according to the IAF official.
- Potential Customers: Although Russia initially named India, Argentina, and UAE as potential buyers, the IAF has consistently distanced itself from the program.
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