Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) will present a fundamentally new military aircraft on July 20, the first day of the MAKS-2021 International Air Show in Zhukovski, near Moscow.
Hints that the new military aircraft could be a fighter jet were revealed as part a Rostec (holding company of UAC) press release, “Russia is one of the few countries in the world that has mastered full-cycle technologies for the production of advanced aircraft systems, as well as a recognized trendsetter in the creation of combat aircraft.”
In addition, a video posted on a special webpage to announce the launch, checkmate.uacrussia.ru showed the fuzzy outline of a fighter jet in one frame. Crews donning the uniforms of various countries are seen in the background of the front landing gear of the aircraft in another frame.
“The countdown to the plane's premiere was activated on the project page today at midnight. The presentation of the novelty can be seen online on the YouTube channels of the Rostec State Corporation, the United Aircraft Corporation , as well as on the project page,” Rostec, said.
“We are convinced that the new product developed by UAC specialists will arouse genuine interest not only in our country, but also in other regions of the world, including our competitors abroad,” it said in the release.
Places mentioned in the video such as Dubai, UAE, Delhi, India and Argentina suggest possible markets for the aircraft.
Rostec had earlier announced the development of a single engine fighter jet out of its own funds. Some reports have suggested that it could be a down-sized Su-57 while some others say it will be a 4.5 generation jet to take on the likes of the F-16 Viper and the Chinese-Pakistani JF-17 Block III both of which have seen sales success internationally in recent years.
A new division within MiG Corp has been created to develop an all-new light fighter jet. It is not known if this project is the same which will be revealed on July 20 at MAKS
In 2019, Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC) announced the development of an all new engine- the RD93MA, developed specifically to fit a single engine fighter jet. Could this power-plant equip the all-new fighter jet of Russia?
Earlier, it was assumed that the RD93MA engine would power the Block III version of the JF-17 since it is currently powered by the RD93, a dedicated engine for the JF-17 supplied by UEC to the Pakistani-Chinese project. However, the JF-17 Block III is being tested with the RD93 engine discounting the possibility that the RD93MA was developed to fit the JF-17 Block III.