The new fifth-generation single-engine fighter, which Russia may show at the 2021 International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS-21), may face competition on the foreign market from Turkish and South Korean combat aircraft, says The Drive.
Commenting on the first shot of a promising fighter, the American publication admits that the developers of the latter will adhere to the same “balanced” approach to stealth performance as the creators of the twin-engine Su-57. “The big factor here is money. Russia would have to make a very difficult choice in order to independently carry out the complete development and delivery of this aircraft. Hence, there is a strong marketing push for large export partners to help offset some or even all of the costs, ”says The Drive.
In July, the Ukrainian information and consulting agency Defense Express wrote that the military aircraft, which Rostec plans to demonstrate at MAKS-21, will be a single-engine fighter – a clone of the American F-35 Lightning II, affordable for foreign customers.
In April, the South Korean corporation Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) showed a prototype of the 4 ++ generation fighter KF-21 Boramae (translated from Korean – “Hawk”), formerly known as the KF-X.
In September 2020, Defense News, citing a source, reported that Ukraine and Turkey are seeking to deepen their military-technical cooperation, possibly under the Turkish Fighter X (TF-X) fighter program, which was discussed in talks held at the end of August. same year in Ankara.