RUSSIA has unveiled the prototype of a new stealth fighter jet called Checkmate — while making a snide dig at the Royal Navy.
A delighted-looking Vladimir Putin was seen at an airshow inspecting the warplane that can fly at twice the speed of sound plus use artificial intelligence capability to hunt out targets.
In a promotional video released ahead of its unveiling, the new stealth jet can be seen rolled out under a tarpaulin — along with a bizarre ad asking: “Wanna see me naked?”
Another ad teasing the fifth-generation Sukhoi, sarcastically shows the Royal Navy’s HMS Defender warship in the jet’s sights with the caption: “See You.”
The British destroyer was involved in a confrontation with Russia’s military as it sailed past Crimea last month.
Moscow said one of its warships fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs in the ship’s path to force her out of an area near the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014.
At the event, a proud but poker-faced Putin said: “Russian aviation has great potential for development.”