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Russia/Defense/Ukraine – New Wings for the Ukrainian Air Force (The Jamestown Foundation)

Yuri Lapaiev writes: On July 20, Russian United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Rostec and Sukhoi officially unveiled their newest single-engine fighter, nicknamed the “Checkmate,” at the MAKS airshow (see EDM, July 22). According to UAC, the serial production of the Checkmate could be launched in 2026 (Life, June 20). Considering the delays in the development of Russia’s other new fighter, the Su-57, that timetable sounds overly optimistic. Nevertheless, the propagandistic narrative serves to highlight the Kremlin’s ongoing efforts to modernize the Russian Armed Forces, including the Air Force

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