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Russia Is Teasing Its Secret New Fighter Jet, Which Has Something to Do With Chess

  • Russian defense contractor UAC is blitzing social media with posts hinting at a new fighter jet.
  • The images suggest the fighter has something to do with the knight piece in the game of chess.
  • The fighter jet will supposedly make its debut on July 20, the first day of the MAKS-2021 air show.

    A Russian defense contractor is teasing a reveal of the country’s new fighter jet—emphasis on teasing.

    You love badass planes. So do we. Let’s nerd out over them together.

    United Aerospace Company, an umbrella corporation that includes the famed Mikoyan-Guervich (MiG) and Sukhoi design bureaus, posted the image below to Instagram this week. The aerospace company is comparing its new, unnamed fighter to a UFO, linking it to U.S. military’s sightings of unexplained aerial phenomena in recent years. Exhibit A:

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    The background image is a nod to the X-Files “I Want to Believe” poster, which came from images of alleged flying saucers by a UFO witness.

    UAC also posted a second image of a knight chess piece flying above an aircraft cockpit. The cockpit canopy frame bears a suspicious resemblance to that of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the fighter involved in the Navy’s infamous UFO sightings. The post also promises that the “mystery will be revealed on July 20.”

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    At the same time, Russian state media outlet TASS is reporting that UAC will unveil a “fundamentally new military plane” on the first day of MAKS-2021, Russia’s annual summer air show. The report says the new fighter will feature “low radar signatures in various bands, a high thrust to weight ratio, a large weapon payload, and advanced air-launched armaments.”

    An expert told TASS the new fighter is likely a smaller, lighter design than the Su-57 heavy fighter that Russia has been developing since 2011. Many air forces use a mix of heavy and lighter fighters, like the U.S. Air Force’s twin-engine F-22 Raptor and single-engine F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

    Russia’s only “lightweight” fighter at this point is the MiG-35, an updated version of the Cold War-era MiG-29. While the MiG-35 may feature updated electronics and weapons, it lacks the built-in stealth of fifth-generation fighters. According to TASS, the new fighter is indeed a fifth-generation design.

    Earlier this year, Russian news sources reported Sukhoi was working on a new lightweight fighter jet.

    UAC also posted a trailer for the new jet to Instagram. The video suggests the fighter would garner interest in the United Arab Emirates, India, Vietnam, and Argentina. The Instagram post also includes a link to the new plane’s website, Checkmate, with a countdown to the reveal.

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    Does UAC’s social media campaign suggest Russia is responsible for the U.S. Navy’s UFO sightings? Of course not—the company is just being a little bit cheeky about the advanced status of its new fighter jet. But hey, it would certainly simplify things if Russia was indeed behind all those UFOs.


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