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A new Russian fighter… and ambiguity about its specifications and capabilities

Russian aircraft manufacturers have announced that they will present a possible new combat aircraft at the Moscow Air Show, which opens next week.

The new warplane, hidden under a tarpaulin, was filmed being towed into the parking lot through an airport in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, where the exhibition “Max-2021 International Air and Space Salon” will open next Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to witness the opening of the exhibition.

It stated Russian media reports that the new plane was manufactured by the Sukhoi Aircraft Corporation, as part of a program to develop a light tactical fighter.

Unlike the latest Russian twin-engine Su-57 stealth fighter, the new plane is smaller in size And it has one engine.

A new Russian fighter… and ambiguity about its specifications and capabilities
Fighter Su-57

The name of the new warplane is unknown, and there is no information about its capabilities and opportunities for deployment.

Rostec, the state organization that includes Russian aircraft makers, said the “essentially new military aircraft” will be unveiled on Tuesday at the show.

In an apparent attempt to Increasing public interest before the presentation, Rostec posted a photo of the new plane covered in tarpaulin, and also posted a short video clip featuring excited foreign agents and a mysterious shadow of the plane over the water.

A new Russian fighter… and ambiguity about its specifications and capabilities

The new Russian fighter A new Russian fighter… and ambiguity about its specifications and capabilities A new Russian fighter… and ambiguity about its specifications and capabilities

After Rostec’s announcement, Russian aircraft controllers rushed to Zhukovsky to take pictures of the new plane, a strange parallel to Cold War times when Western spies tried to get a glimpse of the newest Soviet warplanes at the heavily guarded airport that served as the highest testing facility for aircraft.

In the same context, Rostec said: “Russia is one of the few countries in the world that has full capabilities to produce advanced aircraft systems, as well as being a pioneer in the field of combat aircraft industry.”

The Kremlin has made modernizing the country’s armed forces a top priority, amid tense relations with the West, which deteriorated to their lowest levels after the Cold War after Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014, and accusations of Russian interference in the election , hacking attacks and other practices.

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