Russian state-run space corporation Rostec has already discussed the possible deliveries of Russia’s prospective Checkmate single-engine fighter jet with foreign customers.

Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov told TASS in the run-up to the Dubai Airshow 2021 international exhibition.

“There were talks with foreign delegations, and we are now forming proposals about the plane’s layout. Some foreign customers want an aircraft that would be adjusted for their needs, including the geography of its use, available financing and some other factors,” he said.

According to Chemezov, Checkmate will have an open architecture configuration and can therefore be customized to meet every customer’s needs in the best possible way.

Russia’s state tech corporation Rostec unveiled the latest domestic single-engine fighter dubbed Checkmate at the MAKS-2021 international air show that ran in the suburban town of Zhukovsky outside Moscow on July 20-25. The new plane created by Rostec at its own initiative, is a derivative of the Su-57 fifth-generation fighter.

The Checkmate fighter will be capable of flying at Mach 1.8 and will have an operating range of 3,000 km.

The aircraft will be outfitted with a highly efficient powerplant. The new fighter is expected to take to the skies in 2023 and Rostec plans to launch the combat plane’s serial production starting in 2026.

According to reports, the Checkmate incorporates the latest systems, including its open architecture configuration and unique artificial intelligence technologies.

Even when it was unveiled, a spokesman for Rostec, which owns Sukhoi parent company United Aircraft Corporation, said that foreign countries have expressed interest in the Checkmate. Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov said the firm is targeting Middle Eastern and African countries as potential customers.

“The machine can perform a wide range of tasks and is not whimsical in maintenance,” the spokesman added. “Moreover, the aircraft has an open architecture and can be assembled in several configurations, configured in accordance with the desires of the customer.

Russia’s latest, cutting-edge fighter is expected to compete with America’s F-35A Lightning II and Sweden’s JAS-39 Gripen.

Local and foreign media described the Checkmate presented at the air show in Zhukovsky as reminiscent of the American-made F-35 jet. Chemezov told reporters that the new plane will cost between $25 million and $30 million. An F-35 costs about $90 million.