Russia sees India as prospective buyer for Checkmate jet, but will IAF want it?

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Justin Bronk, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a British think tank, described the Checkmate as being a "somewhat low-observable spiritual successor to the MiG-21". The MiG-21 is the most mass-produced jet fighter, with the aircraft still serving in the Indian Air Force. The MiG-21 was first inducted into the Indian Air Force in 1962.