RUSSIA - New Fighter Jet Displayed

Arno Froese

Russian President Vladimir Putin inspected the prospective warplane displayed with much fanfare at the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space Salon, which opened in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow.

The prospective warplane, marketed under the project name Checkmate, has one engine and is designed to be smaller and cheaper than Russia’s latest Su-57 two-engine stealth fighter, also built by Sukhoi. It can fly at a speed of 1.8-2 times the speed of sound, has a range of 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) and a payload of 7,400 kilograms (16,300 pounds), the jet’s makers said.

Industries and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said that the prospective fighter was being developed to compete with the U.S. F-35 Lightning II fighter that entered service in 2015, a new Chinese fighter, and other designs. “We must join other nations that sell such aircraft,” he said.

“What we saw in Zhukovsky today demonstrates that the Russian aviation has a big potential for development and our aircraft making industries continue to create new competitive aircraft designs,” Putin said in a speech at the show’s opening. 

-apnews.com, 20 July 2021

Arno's Commentary

At this point in time, Joel 3:9 is valid: “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up.” However, that will change when the law goes out from Zion: “And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Micah 4:3).

In the meantime, the nations continue to produce more and more dangerous and destructive weapons the world over. Yet, as many reports indicate, these weapons of war will be vulnerable to computer hacking, which Israel allegedly used against Iran’s nuclear facilities. Wars as we have known them to this day, have been characterized by visible destruction of life and property. But the invisible wars can do likewise and more, although mostly hidden from the public and even many intelligence agencies of the world. The future is here: battles are being fought silently, often unnoticed, but they can be more destructive.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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