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Soldier30

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Russian Su-57 fighters have been equipped with new compact cruise missiles located inside the fuselage; at the moment there are no video footage of the new missiles. Presumably the missile was created on the basis of the Kh-101 and Kh-102 cruise missiles, which are used on the Tu-95MS and Tu-160 strategic bombers. The estimated range of hitting targets with these missiles is from 1000 to 3500 kilometers, the missiles are guided inertially and by satellite. Many people immediately wonder how these missiles can be placed inside the Su-57 fuselage. According to the developers, a significant reduction in the dimensions of the new missile was achieved due to the perfectly refined design of the folding wing and internal layout, as well as the use of a new small-sized bypass turbojet engine. Equipping the Su-57 with cruise missiles effectively turns the aircraft into a stealth strategic bomber that is difficult to track. According to Western experts, NATO has already assessed the new threat and is developing a set of measures to counter it.

 

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Sukhoi is preparing to produce the first samples of the Checkmate fighter
11/13/2023

The fifth-generation light fighter Checkmate, which the Sukhoi company is working on, is in preparation for the production of the first samples. The design documentation has already been transferred to the manufacturing plant, and preparations for production have begun, the press service of the Rostec Group of Companies said.
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The minister (Denis Manturov) also predicted the timing of the creation of the first model of the fighter. According to him, this could happen before the end of 2025.
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“The production of a new type of combat aircraft with many advantageous characteristics will definitely increase Russia’s combat potential, against the backdrop of the continuing growth in global demand for the Su-35, Ka-52 and T-90 as a result of their successful use in the Northern Military District,” - wrote in his tg channel, first deputy head of the defense committee of the Federation Council Viktor Bondarev. He noted that the pilot batch of Checkmate fighters is planned to be produced in 2026.
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during the Russia-Africa forum, representatives of Nigeria announced during negotiations their interest in acquiring Russian fighters, including the fifth generation Checkmate, reported in July 2023, Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation of Russia Dmitry Shugaev. Buyers of the advanced Russian fighter may also be other countries in Africa, for example, Algeria, Egypt, as well as in Asia and the Middle East.

For several decades, the basis of tactical front-line aviation of the Russian Air Force has been multifunctional, super-maneuverable heavy twin-engine vehicles: Su-27, Su-30, Su-35 and Su-57. However, the approach to fighter aircraft is changing, and in addition to foreign buyers, the Checkmate may also be of interest to the Russian Ministry of Defense, but for this the aircraft must take off and begin flight tests in order to prove to the military that they need such a machine and Sukhoi has correctly identified the vector of development of domestic combat aviation , because it is developing Checkmate on a proactive basis.
 
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Soldier30

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The Rostec State Corporation announced the start of preparations for the production of fifth-generation light fighters Su-75 Checkmate. Reportedly, after the announcement and presentation of the Checkmate aircraft in 2021, the company collected feedback from potential buyers, based on them it was possible to make changes to the technical solutions used in the fighter and reduce the final cost of the aircraft, making it more attractive to potential customers. The estimated start date of production is 2025; foreign customers are actively interested in the aircraft. The Russian Su-75 Checkmate fighter will be produced in three versions: a single-seat, a two-seat and an unmanned version of the aircraft. The declared characteristics of the aircraft: speed - up to 2450 km/h, flight range - up to 3 thousand kilometers, at an altitude of up to 16500 meters, combat load weight - 7.5 thousand kg. Flight range up to 2900 kilometers. The aircraft is equipped with a radar with an active phased array antenna, a 360-degree optical and radio reconnaissance system, a built-in electronic jamming system, an optical sighting system, and a wide-range communications system. The cost of a flight hour of the Su-75 is expected to be six to seven times lower than that of the F-35, for which it reaches 35 thousand dollars. The estimated cost of the Su-75 Checkmate aircraft is about $25 million.

 

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The cost of a flight hour of the Su-75 is expected to be six to seven times lower than that of the F-35, for which it reaches 35 thousand dollars. The estimated cost of the Su-75 Checkmate aircraft is about $25 million.

This is rather a wishful thinking for aircraft in its class. I would expect export price of at least 60-70M USD current FY or can be even more depending on whether VKS interested in the aircraft or not. The production amount of 100 or more would be required to down the cost.

But then, looking forward for Maiden flight.
 

gelgoog

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The export price won't be the same as the price to the Russian government that is for sure.

The Su-57 has a roughly similar price per unit to the Su-35. The Su-57 costs like 2.236 billion rubles per plane to the Russian government as per the initial large state order. The Su-35 cost 2 billion rubles per plane. At current exchange rates the Su-57 would be 24.38 million USD per plane. When it was originally conceived though, the ruble was worth twice as much against the dollar, so let's say 50 million USD.

The Su-75 only has one engine instead of two. So it should be cheaper per unit to build. But yes the price might increase until it enters service.
 

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The Russian company Lobaev Arms presented a prototype of a robotic shooting system. There are no technical data on the so-called “Lobaevskaya turret” yet. Of course, this is not what is shown in the films, but the complex is still being developed and in the future will most likely be scaled up for heavier weapons. At the moment it is known that this is not just a remote control of a weapon. The turret is controlled by a processor and the weapon's bolt is driven by an electric motor. The complex changes the operating algorithm in case of problems, receiving data from feedback sensors. The rate of fire is set by the operator, depending on the task.

 

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The Russian public organization "Veche" presented a homemade military field transporter "Stalker". Prototypes of the conveyor have already been created and are being tested. The military transporter was created by one of the industrial enterprises, which created it according to the technical specifications of the Veche organization. As you know, there is now a shortage of such vehicles in the Russian army, which is why the Ministry of Defense purchased similar Chinese-made equipment. The Stalker transporter can be equipped with a cabin or an awning and is designed to transport cargo, ammunition and soldiers at the forefront of military action. The Stalker transporter is equipped with a 35 hp gasoline engine. with a fuel consumption of 4 liters per hour. The machine is built on a supporting frame and can be equipped with an electric winch. The mass of the military transporter is 500 kilograms, the cargo transported is up to 500 kilograms, which is almost the same as its Chinese counterpart. The Stalker transporter has all-wheel drive and can reach speeds of up to 50 kilometers per hour.

 

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I am moving this discussion from the CR-929 thread because it's better here.

i always wanted to know. why Russia started new project like PAK-VTA for heavy strategic airlifter when AN-124 is available. its better to invest in AN-124 existing supply chain and this aircraft is big enough to fulfil all domestic/Military demands.
My guess is the whole plan of the Russian aviation industry was to center development of large aircraft around a 35 ton engine.

This would enable export sales for the CR-929. Such an engine would also be powerful enough to replace the quad engine Il-76 with a twin engine aircraft. Then the PAK-VTA would be a replacement for the An-124. Once you have the 35 ton engine, then it doesn't really make sense to use it in the An-124 which uses four 28 ton engines. You would need a new design with similar capabilities to the An-225 Mriya. You would basically make the PAK-VTA aka Slon. A quad engine with 35 ton engines to replace the six engine An-225. This would have even more lift capability than the An-124 and would be its replacement.

The thing is, they only recently started production on the Il-76MD-90. So it would be kind of strange to replace it with a new aircraft this early. And financing all of this would cost an outrageous amount of money.

Antonov is still Ukrainian... so building more is kinda weird. Some have been build at CJSC Aviastar but I don't know if it's from scratch or major components were still shipped from Ukraine beside the engine that are now problematic. CJSC Aviastar build also the IL-76/TU-204, don't know how much space is left to accomodate another type presently.
The An-124 production facility is still there at Aviastar. They can produce basically everything except the avionics and the engines. Shoigu is claiming they can now replicate all the parts for the D-18T and can make a full copy of the engine. But I kind of doubt it.

The Il-76 was originally produced during Soviet times at Tashkent in Uzbekistan. After the Tu-204 production ended at Aviastar the Russians started Il-76 production in those facilities. So there is like no chance in hell that facility will be producing the Tu-204 anymore. They have not done it in years. All floor space for it was allocated to Il-76 production. This is why the civilian transport companies had to order the Tu-214. That is still being built in single pieces at Tupolev's facilities in Kazan. Not at Aviastar in Ulyanovsk. But Tupolev is also building new facilities at its factory just for increasing production of the Tu-214. Because they need the existing factory space they have both for the Tu-160M and PAK-DA programs.

If you think that is messed up, the Russians currently have at least three large engine programs. The PD-35 (for CR-929), the NK-32-02 (for Tu-160M), and the Izdeliye RF (for PAK-DA). When they started NK-32-02 production at Kuznetsov in Samara allegedly all the tooling for the NK-32 had to replaced with new tooling. The production site seems to be basically a new production facility. Well, I might be wrong, and they could have four large engine programs if Shoigu is actually correct and they will restart D-18T production. This is way too much in my opinion.
 

sunnymaxi

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Shoigu is claiming they can now replicate all the parts for the D-18T and can make a full copy of the engine.
thanks for the information.

does D-18T is even worth of this investment. i heard that, this engine is highly inefficient and poor MBTO. only 150 hours

If you think that is messed up, the Russians currently have at least three large engine programs. The PD-35 (for CR-929), the NK-32-02 (for Tu-160M), and the Izdeliye RF (for PAK-DA). When they started NK-32-02 production at Kuznetsov in Samara allegedly all the tooling for the NK-32 had to replaced with new tooling. The production site seems to be basically a new production facility.
Izdeliye RF is Izdeliye 30's variant for strategic bomber ?

it is indeed hell of a job for Russian ministry to manage all technicians and engineers of all these projects. this is the reason why PD-14 currently using PS-90 production line.

i would say, it is commendable for Russia to manage multiple turbofan engine projects simultaneously.
 
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