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The annual MAKS aerospace show kicked off its 2021 installment at Zhukovsky Airport outside Moscow – not with a bang, but with multiple bangs.

MAKS – whose name is an acronym for the Russian mouthful Mezhdunarodnyj aviatsionno-kosmiches, literally international aviation and space show – is famous for showing off the latest hits in aerospace and defense technology from major Russian and foreign companies.

The lands of Islam would not have failed to notice that President Vladimir Putin’s welcoming address fell exactly on Eid al-Adha – and the president made sure to note, in a nod to ethnic integration, that 20% of Russian aviation industry employees are Muslims.

The undisputed star of MAKS 2021 was Checkmate, concisely described by military analyst Oleg Panteleev as a single-engine, 5G light tactical fighter – and teased before the official presentation with a slick, Hollywood-style ad tailored for global customers (UAE, India, Vietnam, Argentina).

Checkmate’s artificial-intelligence-friendly onboard computer. Photo: screenshot
Checkmate’s artificial-intelligence-friendly onboard computer. Photo: screenshot

Checkmate is already being hailed across the Global South as the new epitome of lethal beauty – like the aerial equivalent of a pair of Louboutin pumps. It will probably be known by the less sexy denomination Su-75: after all, Checkmate belongs to the Sukhoi family.

The CEO of Rostec’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Yuri Slyusar, says that production of Checkmate will start in 2026, after a series of complex tests.

Here is Rostec’s full presentation (in Russian), where we learn that Checkmate “can carry up to five air-to-air missiles of various ranges in its top version,” including the entire spectrum of 5G missiles.

This means that Checkmate can carry all weapons deployed by the Su-57 jet fighter – another star of MAKS 2021. Slyusar explained that Checkmate’s design was based on the Su-57.

The Sukhoi Su-57 – which made an exhibition flight at MAKS – is a fifth-generation multi-role fighter conceived to raise hell against all types of air, ground and naval targets.

The Su-57 features stealth technology utilizing a vast array of composite materials; reaches supersonic cruising speed; and comes with a very powerful onboard computer – described as an “electronic second pilot” – and a radar system spread across its body.

Weapons export firm Rosoboronexport, via its CEO Alexander Mikheyev, says five nations are already interested in buying the Su-57.

A close look at the SU-57 during an exhibition flight at MAKS 2019. Photo: Sergei Bobylev / TASS
A close look at the SU-57 during an exhibition flight at MAKS 2019. Photo: Sergei Bobylev / TASS

No hangar queen

Yet the first day at MAKS was all about Checkmate. Military analyst Andrei Martyanov, in his inimitable style, summed it all up: “This Checkmate or, if you wish, Su-75 is not a hangar queen and is designed for battle and, in the end, it is Su-57 Lite and a platform (I stress it – platform) which gives birth to very many other variants of this aircraft. Do not also forget that Su-57 will also be offered for export.”

Checkmate, according to chief designer Mikhail Strelets, essentially has a single engine with a deflected thrust vector; goes supersonic for a long time; and has a shortened take-off and landing compared with the Su-57. The West will be uncomfortable when it comes to further comparisons between Checkmate’s efficiency and that of the not exactly brilliant F-35.

Some of Checkmate’s most important features, according to UAC, include: flying at high altitude in all kinds of weather; modularity; simplified maintenance and operations; post-sale support; “good transportation capability” (range and endurance); “AI support for combat missions”; “low flight hour cost and large payload”; and, most important of all for international clients, good value for money.

Oh yes: there will be an unmanned “variant.” UAC is already working on it.

SU-57 exhibition flight at MAKS 2021. Photo: handout
SU-57 exhibition flight at MAKS 2021. Photo: handout

In parallel to MAKS, the Russians also conducted another test of the S-500 “Prometheus” missile system, which for all practical purposes is beyond any competition in terms of intercepting the whole range of current – and even future – air and space attack at top altitudes and speeds.

For years, Martyanov has been writing in detail about the whole process in his books and articles.

Quantum Bird, a top physicist from the CERN in Geneva, tells me that “with Prometheus getting online, NATO gets the worst-case scenario vis-a-vis Russia: NATO attacking missiles getting intercepted even before leaving their territory, with Russia’s retaliatory response getting there before or together with the interceptors. Prometheus can also handle inconvenient low-orbit spy satellites NATO likes to fly over Russia.”

One day before the start of MAKS, Russia also test-fired the Tsirkon hypersonic missile, launched from the frigate Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov in the White Sea, at Mach 7, against a ground target 350 km away in the coast of the Barents Sea. The Russian Defense Ministry said the missile hit “a bullseye.” Tsirkon hypersonic missiles will be equipping Russian submarines and warships.

The 3M22 Tsirkon/3M22 Zircon (NATO reporting name: SS-N-33) is a scramjet-powered maneuvering hypersonic cruise missile being developed by Russia. Credit: Handout.
The 3M22 Tsirkon/3M22 Zircon (NATO reporting name: SS-N-33) is a scramjet-powered maneuvering hypersonic cruise missile being developed by Russia. Credit: Handout.

Martyanov concisely explains the “secret” – which is no secret – of all these technological advances: “It is like milking a productive cow – once you have a great healthy cow, you just take care of it and milk it. Same here, but you need to make the right strategic decisions, which consider all trends. That is how you get S-500, Zircon, Su-57 and this new one. Chinese aircraft will not be able to compete with Su-75 in former Soviet markets and the F-35 is not a competitor to it at the international level. In a sense, it is a checkmate.”

For denizens of America’s Thinktankland, already losing sleep over Su-35s, S-400 missile systems and silent submarines, what the future is bringing is extra insomnia over hypersonic missiles, the S-500 Prometheus and an array of early warning systems and radars.

Russia spends on its military industry roughly 12 cents for every dollar the US spends. The practical result is that the Beltway is consistently out-planned, out-designed and out-gunned.

(Republished from Asia Times by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Russia has won the arms race in the sky. NATO countries are spending themselves into oblivion with the F-35.

    Both of these limiting factors may contribute to world peace and fewer proxy wars, as there are fewer easy targets like Kosovo, Libya and Iraq where air superiority is assured.

    • Agree: Proximaking
  2. Good! Damned good looking birds, too. The 57 and 75 are sweet!

    • Replies: @Marshal Marlow
  3. Anonymous[195] • Disclaimer says:

    Here’s Poopie with another “game changer”. I don’t know who’s paying this guy to shill, but they should definitely ask for their money back.

    • Replies: @notbe
    , @Proximaking
  4. notbe says:

    actually the su 75 and all the other military masturbation material coming out of russia these days is indeed a game changer-but you know that already

    and to get it on only 12 cents on the dollar is a double game changer-but you know that already

    to develop a 5th generation fighter basically sight unseen by the cia and mi5 is a triple game changer-but you know that already

    no, seriously, even though its a mockup, that su 75 bastard was totally unknown until announced seven days ago-and it was developed over a five year span

    incredible that in this day and age of spy sats and computer viruses, someone could develop a top of the line fighter in only five years without being detected-but you know that already

    Sweet jeeezus, russia just pulled out of its ass TWO generation 5 fighters!

    makes one kind of wish that western intel agencies stop getting into internal political power struggles and shilling the western media and refocus on intelligence gathering-but they lead a sweet life so that aint gonna change- but you know that already

    the third world now has a very cheap fighter-more or less only thirty million dollars that can outfight any brick the west can throw in the sky in the next decade or decade and a half is a quadruple game changer- but you know that already

    sorry man, although you are payed to troll, the truth hurts but remember the truth does set you free so in the end its all good-you might not know that but you should

    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov
  5. USSA Preznit Sock Puppet’s handlers had better be careful with their provocatory jabbering, bluster and stick poking directed toward Russia and China; a really unpleasant surprise may be in store for them if they keep it up…in an “Unintended Consequences” kind of way.
    Posit a naval scenario wherein some USN Affirmative Action Hire officer or helmsperson screws up in steering/navigation/weapons discipline/collision type manner that triggers a violent response from an aggrieved foreign party…could be bad…could be shooting or missile flinging.
    China decides to repatriate their errant island province of Taiwan by force.
    USSA and Nippon wig out and send in ships and planes to thwart Chinese intent.
    Will be bad.
    China has already openly stated that nukes could be part of The Fun & Games.
    Will definitely be bad.
    “Interesting times”…indeed.

  6. @notbe

    no, seriously, even though its a mockup

    It is not. It is the actual plane which will fly first in 2023. Quote from Deputy Chief Designer of Sukhoi to TASS yesterday. In Russian.

    • Replies: @alwayswrite
  7. “Checkmate” — great name for a brilliant Russian fighter jet.

  8. @Anonymous

    The real gamechangers the West will never see until it is too late. Don’t poke the bear. But they will.

    • Agree: notbe
  9. Not that long ago as the Syrian conflict was heating up, some war hawk in Washington proposed the US declare a ‘no-fly’ zone over the entire country.

    The era where the US can decide no-fly zones is over. China and Russia are not going to sit by if the US regime decides to invade the airspace of countries they have ties with.

    Any country that wants to resist the globalist agenda would be wise to make a security pact with Russia-China, now that they have the planes and missiles to back it up.

    • Agree: notbe
  10. UNIT472 says:

    If its being offered for export it is probably not a ‘game changer’ nor have any radical new technology. You just don’t share that with anyone. The US never offered the F-117 stealth fighter ( or F-22) to its allies much less some third world air force.

    The SU-75 seems more a lightweight low cost fighter along the lines of the Northrop F-5 which the US exported all over the world in the 60’s and 70’s.

    • Agree: Showmethereal
    • Replies: @Carlo
    , @Notsofast
  11. Carlo says:

    It shares a lot of technology with what will be the main Russian fighter for decades, the Su-57. Of course this technology will be downgraded for export, and has lesser capabilities due to the smaller platform. But it is a game changer because for a very cheap price many countries will be able to get a real 5th generation fighter.
    It is also likely that the Russian VKS will acquire this fighter, as in many missions a heavy, expensive fighter like the Su-57 is not needed.

    • Thanks: Showmethereal
    • Replies: @Aedib
  12. Notsofast says:

    you are correct that it is not their most advanced technology but it is still a game changer in that it offers a fifth gen platform at a third the cost to prospective buyers. the f 35 is an unmitigated disaster that our “clients” are roped in to at tremendous cost with no tangible military advantge to show for it. japan and south korea are already talking about designing their own fifth gen fighter and erdogan probably bought the s-400s just to get thrown out of the f35 program albatross that was being hung on them. imagine how pissed nato would be if he now buys su 57s and 75s. this is a mojor blow to our already hollowed out, uber corrupt defense industry. the more countries that use your weapons the more political influence you have, this is a page ripped right out of our playbook.

    • Replies: @Marshal Marlow
  13. UNIT472 says:

    That the F-35 does not require a runway is huge advantage operationally. Remember that the US spent the first three years of the Pacific War trying to get land based aircraft within range of Japan and lost huge numbers of bombers in Europe until we had fighters with the range to escort them into Germany.

    The plane has a lot of critics but it has been adopted by the USAF, Marines and most of the US major allies. The basic complaint is common to military aviation everywhere. Costs soar as bells and whistles are added and the manufacturing complexity causes delays and gliches in operations.

  14. Anonymous[388] • Disclaimer says:

    LOL @ the chess references. You clowns don’t seem to realize, the Americans decide what game is being played, and they are in fact playing checkers, not chess. All this fancy Russian hardware you’re drooling over is basically useless in the real war being fought here, which is not so much military as political and economic (and which the Russians and Chinese are unfortunately losing).

    • Disagree: notbe
    • Replies: @notbe
    , @Carlo
  15. Carlo says:

    The USAF decided to purchase F-15EX, and considering to develop a cheap F-16 replacement, which is what the F-35 should be. The project was a failure in all aspects, it is not cheap to acquire and operate as it was intended to be when JSF program was launched, and as a fifth generation fighter it is not that stealth and cannot supercruise.
    On the other hand, NATO and Europe in general are captive markets for US weaponry. Russians are not even accepted into their tenders, or if they are it is only nominally and kicked out in the first round. When Russian really competes, like in India for example, F-35 stands no chance.
    The Checkmate is what JSF should have been: a cheap, small and simple fighter that benefits from technologies developed for its bigger brother.

    • Agree: notbe
    • Replies: @notbe
    , @UNIT472
  16. notbe says:

    american idiocity knows no bounds-literally they believe in their own invincibility and superiority and noone can tell them any different until the day comes then they have ptsd for the rest of their lives

  17. Carlo says:

    The only economic advantage the US still has is the privilege to emit the global currency. It will also end, rather sooner than later.

  18. notbe says:

    its interesting that way back the very definition of a 5th generation fighter was the ability to supercruise that is why all swedish, french, and joint european fighters today are not considered gen 5 fighters

    russian fighters prior to the su 57 were not considered gen 5 because of the same the mig 31 was an exception because it was and still is an excellent supercruiser but it lacks in built stealth characteristics so no gen 5 status for it true enough

    NO GENERATION 5 FOR YOU as a generation 5 soup nazi would say

    the f35 monstermutant was originally meant to be a supercruiser tactically, there are very good reasons to include a requirement for supercruising in the design of modern fighters no its not just bells and whistles, supercruising is indeed a major factor in the succesful use of fighters in a modern conflict it can be done without but it sure is a mighty fine feeling to have it

    well looky here and lo and behold the f35 cannot manage to supercruise that is a major design disaster but you know americans-suddenly the ability to supercruise has be redefined away its no longer part and parcel of the generation 5 definition

    twenty-five years of intense work and the result is a failure, so what happens now? well everyone in nato pretends that the supercruise requirement never existed and life goes on like nothing happened simply f35, after 25 years of work, now does not include supercruising but it still is the bestest mof in the sky and everyone who disagrees is some sort of ruski false news spreader

    people used to make fun of brezhnev for supposedly doing that-pretending that when an initial requirement could not be met it never existed in truth, brezhnev until close to the very end was cognisant of major problems in the old ussr and, at least tried in vain to come up with some solutions

    forty years later, the west is undergoing a similar process but the frightening thing thing is it cannot even manage some sort of brezhnev-like responses behind the scenes problems just dont exist for the modern west…everythin is jest fine!

  19. UNIT472 says:

    There not having been any major dogfighting between air forces since the clashes in Lebanon or the Falkland Islands conflict in the 1980s its hard to say what approach is best. Are military fighter jets just manned sensor and weapons platforms sent to attack specific targets or independent operators with pilots acting as their own generals.

    My guess is the days of manned combat aircraft are coming to an end. Elon Musk’s reusable Falcon rocket boosters offer superior range, speeds and payload capacity to any airbreathing aircraft. The only problem is liquid fueled rockets are not as reliable, round the clock power plants as jet engines. You can get around that with solid fuel rocket boosters but AFAIK they are not reusable but as the cost of military aircraft grows that may no longer be a consideration.

    • Replies: @notbe
  20. Aedib says:

    I thin that Sukhoi gave checkmate to MiG with this fighter.

  21. notbe says:

    yeah except the idea of dogfighting being obsolete was first broached in the late thirties-spitfires and me 109 are just too fast to dogfight…real world tactics soon demanded dogfights between fighters

    the same idea became prelevant in the late fifties- no more dogfights…fighters are just too fast to dogfight and missiles will do the job in vietnam and the mid east-real world tactics soon demanded dogfights between fighters

    third time lucky this time? perhaps but woe to the adversary who doesnt include dogfighting in his training syllibus and overall tactics remember the real world brings somewhat nasty suprises to people who rely on computer modelling and theory

    rockets being better at transporting things…i donna know the whole elon musk thing is a really delicate thing any opinion on musk leads to endless debates and trolling its like victorians try to talk about teenage sex or normal people debating mormons who knows? real facts are real hard to come by rocket tech can never really be as economic as air breathing things-remember with rockets you have to bring your oxygen with you, air breathers suck it outta the atmosphere thats the very nature of rockets and airbreathers nobody can change that

    • Replies: @UNIT472
  22. Aedib says:

    It is also likely that the Russian VKS will acquire this fighter, as in many missions a heavy, expensive fighter like the Su-57 is not needed.

    This means the death of the MiG-29/35 specie. MiG wild end cornered just to the specialized fast interceptors market (MiG-25, MiG-31, MiG-41).

    • Replies: @notbe
  23. Notsofast says:

    the f 35-b does not require a runway but the a and c do. the ironically named “lightning” cannot fly in foul weather as it can’t withstand a lightning strike. the stealth paint begins to peal when flying at super sonic speed for any length of time eliminating its stealth characteristic. it is plagued with software glitches that have not been solved years after it scheduled delivery date and while it may solve the problems associated with ww2 prop planes, it is a boondoggle on par with the f-111 when compared to other real fifth gen fighters. there’s not enough lipstick in the world to make this pig look good.

    • Replies: @notbe
  24. Oh my! Does this mean Imperial Washington will not rule the world by force of arms?

  25. bossel says:

    Oh well: “Russian Air Power: An OVERHYPED Threat?”

  26. Resartus says:

    Oh my! Does this mean Imperial Washington will not rule the world by force of arms?

    Other than Russia till 1990, now the Chinese, the U.S. didn’t rule by the force of arms,
    but by the force of numbers…..
    In the 40s, Germany had better military than every other country, but when facing all of them
    together numbers overwhelmed them….

    • Replies: @Marshal Marlow
  27. UNIT472 says:

    The problem with ‘air breathers’ is you very soon find yourself in ‘coffin corner’! Go faster and higher and you lose lift and aerodynamic control. Go slower and you stall. We’ve been on the horns of that dilemma for decades. There is no way to operate at 100,000 feet or above without using rocket power.

    My guess is orbiting recon satellites will find the targets and ground or air launched rockets will attack them.

    • Replies: @notbe
  28. @Notsofast

    I recall seeing some video of Erdogan inspecting an SU 57 cockpit.

  29. @Resartus

    Germany didn’t really have a better military. What it did have was the first mover advantage inherent in being the attacker, specific plans for dealing with known static formations (another advantage of being the attacker), new tactics and higher morale. Once the allies had an opportunity to counter the new tactics, the fighting just came down to attrition and the ability to out produce.

    • Replies: @Resartus
    , @Blade
  30. notbe says:

    difficult to say what future tactics will be thats why its no a good idea to put all your eggs in one tech basket for example, remember at one time nasa and the usaf were going to scrap all their other spacerockets and rely solely on the shuttle well, that idea didnt come to pass because someone figured out that it was too risky which was later proven as so very true

    i say dont disparage air breathers they are valuable in their ability to loiter and then be assigned and reassigned targets which has meaning all on its own even now in the age of icbms and ssbm the big powers maintain a bomber fleet for added flexibility

    true a battle involving a recon sat and then ballistic rockets for the actual hit with the defenders trying to intercept the rocket with their abm is very efficient more efficient or at least much faster than an air attack true enough

    however i see a problem in a conflict between two nuclear powers a ballistic missile launch cannot but be interpreted as a nuclear attack

    a missile is heading for the general area of your capital do you hope that it is intercepted, if not then your homeland can be damaged very seriously, or do you launch a nuclear missile immediately as a response?

    using ballistic missiles is quite risky-suppose you launch yours at your enemys ministry of defense building-now that usually is located in the capital city you are moral and arm it with only a conventional warhead just to teach those sobs a lesson except your enemy doesnt know that -any ballistic missile is potentially nuclear things can go downhill fairly quickly when you rely on just ballistic missiles

    this not a new argument, in the fifties the brits basically cancelled all their future aircraft projects-bombers, fighters, attack planes because missiles were cheaper and faster-a stupid decision they were going to have ballistic missiles for attack and sams for defense no aircraft

    later they correctly realized that missiles are less flexible so they cancelled their ground ballistic missiles and limited their sam coverage to only two to three spots-which was another stupid decision but you know…politicians

    best to have a mix

    in the case of trying to hit the ministry of defence you can make an uniteral decision not to hit targets within a city and you announce it to the world-you use ballistic missiles on air force bases, radar stations, potential field headquarters etc but no targets within a city, everyone breathes a sigh of relief but where does that leave you now? those sobs just moved everything to their cities

    sure you can make an argument its the same with airbreathing cruise missile or fighter bombers i would say psychologically air breathers do not have the same escalitory potential as missiles and, in general, are more flexible

    strategically, i think there should be mix of weapons but the question is what will the future bring? no one really knows – best to try several approaches nevertheless the whole discussion was interesting yes, indeed missiles are very fast and long ranged

  31. notbe says:

    the f111 was the f35 of its day even down to a naval version and an air force version same as the f35 but ill say this- the f111 even though a boondogle didnt cause half or even a tenth as many problems as the f35 and with a lot of work eventually became quite an acceptable asset

    the f35 is in a league of its own-and no amount of work will be able to fix its inability to supercruise and its problems with inclement weather might cost billions to overcome never in the history of flying machines from the wright flyer to the su 75 has there been such a demonic offspring

    lockheed martins board of directors made a pact with beelzebub himself to get the contract but you know how this works: lucifer got them the contract sure enough but while the board was celebrating, lucy was smiling to himself…he knew what the f35s future would be

    never deal with the devil-but it used to be that you went to see the exorcist movie to learn that-damn that was a scary time in my childhood today you dont need to download the exorcist movie, you just google the term f35

  32. Yeah, the Russians can’t build a single consumer electronic good for export, but they’ve “leapfrogged ahead of the game with the advanced tech in this Checkmate game-changer.” Who writes this garbage, the gossip columnist from Pravda?

    • Replies: @Levtraro
    , @Carlo
  33. @Jim Christian

    Agree, the SU57 must be the most beautiful fighter in the air today.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  34. Levtraro says:
    @Mike Holley

    Your argument is very stupid. Exporting consumer electronics has little to do with military power. Japan and Germany export lots of consumer electronics yet they are eunuchs, militarily speaking, while the USA and Russia don’t export nearly any consumer electronics yet they are militarily powerful. You don’t win wars throwing TV sets and smartphones at your enemies, lol.

  35. Carlo says:
    @Mike Holley

    By the way, does the US produce any consumer electronic goods? Or just outsource it to China?

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  36. This new aircraft is still 5 years away, I hope its as good as the specs suggest and that they can keep the price as low as possible, but for me the most important thing is the S500, hope the Russians sell it to Iran and almost another country that wants or needs it

  37. Resartus says:
    @Marshal Marlow

    the fighting just came down to attrition and the ability to out produce.

    Because the allies had the numbers to do that…..
    Basically, just restating what I posted in your words……..

    • Replies: @Marshal Marlow
  38. notbe says:

    ironically thats the way things worked in the cold war-except for it being reversed migs were universal machines built in major numbers and sukhois were limited numbered special fast interceptors

    who knew that it was going to end with sukhois total domination-they even dominate, well they are a large part of, russian civil aviation

    mikoyan and gurevich and pavel sukhoi started their respective design bureaus in the early forties
    mig had an advantage since they came out of a previous bureau-polikarpov and artem mikoyan was the brother of anastas mikoyan, the williest politican of the twentieth century-of course it would be an armenian anastas basically was part of every admin from lenin to brezhnev in political infighting, anastas had the incredible skill of siding with the winners of every power struggle

    thus experience and connections were on the side of mig

    pavel sukhoi was not connected well politically and inexperienced as a designer- this caused his bureau to be dissolved not just once but twice

    yet eventually sukhois legacy overwhelmed the legacy of mikoyan and gurevich

    • Agree: Aedib
  39. Blade says:
    @Marshal Marlow

    New tactics and higher morale both imply a better military. Kill ratio of soldiers of each country shows that Germans did fight better than the others.

  40. @Andrei Martyanov

    More BS from TASS, this so called plane is just a bunch of plastic,Russia is a dump going down,its covid figures are terrible and Putler will impose the most draconian penalties after his fake elections in September to make sure everyone is vaccinated,he’s basically a dictator with some mad insane urge about Ukraine which really will be the end of Russia if he acts upon it,I’d say the west are secretly wishing him to go for it as they know they will then finish Russia for good,so go for it Putler,be a punk and make my day 😂😂😂😂😂

    • Troll: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @SeekerofthePresence
  41. @alwayswrite

    …they will then finish Russia for good,so go for it Putler,be a punk and make my day 😂😂😂😂😂

    On the contrary, to US Hegemonica & Co, …

    “Good man always knows his limitations.”

    • Replies: @alwayswrite
  42. @Resartus

    You’re right, I apologise.

  43. @SeekerofthePresence

    Putler isn’t a good man,thankfully his limit is his age,and he’s obviously terrified of death as he’s hidden himself away in a bubble since covid started,some say his daughter is developing some sort of Nano tech genetic stuff to keep Putler alive forever,the mans a freak basically just look at his lumpy face,that’s not a normal face,i think the real Putin was replaced by an FSB stooge,or he’s actually cloned himself already,maybe David Icke is right about aliens,but wrong about who they are,you know not the Queen,but Putler!

    • Replies: @notbe
  44. @UNIT472

    The f35’s that need no runway have poor payload and performance characteristics though…. In addition to high maintenance needs

    • Replies: @Erebus
  45. @Marshal Marlow

    Agree, the SU57 must be the most beautiful fighter in the air today.

    Yeah, man, I grew up in the age of the F-14 and A-6e Intruder aboard Nimitz, circa 76-83 with some reserve time at a NARU at Andrews AFB. I got a couple of rides in the A6, ferry flights out to Whidby Island to swap old planes for better planes before we’d go back out to sea. It was quite like a commercial airliner except ejection seats are pretty firm seats and of course it wasn’t juking missiles or AAA over Vietnam. Here’s my bird:

  46. Erebus says:

    Maintenance is reportedly >50hrs/flt hr. In a war, that pretty quickly means ya ain’t got any you can put in the air. Maybe that’s a good thing. At least they won’t get shot down.

    The F-35B’s biggest problem may be lifespan. Stress cracks were already appearing in the airframe in early models 2 yrs ago, and the lifespan of the B version looks to be 1/4 of the A & C’s. Apparently, the weight loss regimen that “saved” the F35 program made a few miscalcs.

    The Su75 looks to be everything the F35 should have been. Cheap ‘n cheerful, as simple or as sophisticated as the customer might want. That it was designed and built in secret in 5yrs says that the US’ military-industrial complex ain’t the US’ only problem. Intelligence gathering is apparently similarly incompetent.

    It won’t get support in the West, but there’ll be lots of ’em flying around in the rest of the world. Then again, much can be expected to change in the next 5 yrs so some Western countries may not be so “Western” by then.

  47. @Carlo

    Seemingly not much left. There are some consumer electronics assembled (not “manufactured”) in the USA, but presumably with a fairly low domestic-parts component. For example,

  48. notbe says:

    you need help please, really I know you are suffering but you are not alone

    do an internet search to find a professional mental health counsellor in your area or better yet ask any of your friends to recommend someone

    seriously what is all that stuff about the daughter and nanotech-i mean even in the darkest recesses of the internet no one has said this do you have such intrusive thoughts often? or did you hear a voice in your head? that is not a normal thought pattern buddy

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