Russia's Rostec is developing new fifth-gen light fighter jet

Russia Rostec developing new fighter
Concept design of the new fifth generation fighter being developed by the Russia's Rostec.

Rostec, Russia's umbrella organization for several aerospace and defense firms, announced the development of a fifth-generation single-engine fighter jet concept in manned and unmanned versions, December 7, 2020.

"Indeed, the creation of a combat aviation system of the future in the light and middle class is being worked out. According to the plan, it can be a universal platform, in manned and unmanned versions. The concept and tactical and technical requirements for such a complex are being worked out," Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Rostec Corporation, said.

"So far, we are doing this proactively without budget funds. The Ministry of Defense has not made any orders. Nevertheless, we believe that this is a promising aircraft and we are considering various options for cooperation with foreign partners," Chemezov said. This topic is interesting from the point of view of promoting such an aircraft for export.

According to him, if the development of the aircraft is carried out from the own funds of the Rostec company, it can independently sell this technology abroad, especially in the case of joint development with foreign countries.

In February 2017, Chemezov announced a partnership with the UAE to jointly develop a fifth generation light fighter. The initial idea was to build a new aircraft based on the MiG-29, the work start plan was set in 2018 for a duration of about 7-8 years. The agreement between the two nations was also reported by Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC).

While there is no progress on the joint UAE-Russia project, Abu Dhabi has just ordered the United States 50 F-35 jets, along with 18 MQ-9B drones and ammunition as part of a huge $23 billion deal. Now it is not clear on how to continue the agreement between the two nations.

Written by Matteo Sanzani