Japan's Stealth Jet Makes Flight

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  1. Atilla

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    Japan becomes fourth nation to test-fly homegrown stealth jet

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    Japan on Friday became the fourth country to test-fly its own stealth jet, creating momentum to upgrade a lackluster domestic aerospace industry at a time when China continues to agitate in the region.

    According to the Defense Ministry, the Advanced Technology Demonstrator, called X2, took off from Nagoya airport in Aichi Prefecture at 8:47 a.m. Friday morning. The demonstrator, which will undergo a further two years of testing before a decision is made on whether to develop a homegrown next-generation stealth fighter, flew about 15 kilometers and touched down at the Air Self-Defense Force’s Gifu Air Field at 9:13 a.m.

    “The maiden flight was significant to secure the necessary capability for a next-generation fighter jet,” Defense Minister Gen Nakatani told reporters in Tokyo after the flight. “We can expect technological innovation in the aerospace industry as well as application of that technology in different fields.”

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    Japan’s New Stealth Fighter Jet to Conduct 50 Test Flights in 2016-17

    Japan’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) plans a one-year test campaign for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ experimental fifth-generation fighter technology demonstrator X-2 “Shinshin” (formerly the ATD-X), Flight Global reports.

    The one-year test campaign will involve around 50 flights, according to Hirofumi Doi, the manager of the Future Fighter Program at ATLA, which is part of Japan’s Ministry of Defense. Talking about the X-2’s maiden flight on April 22 (See: “Japan’s New 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight”), Doi said: “It was a very ordinary maiden flight. The pilot just checked controllability and did some simulated landings while in the air.”

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    Japan should instead develop next generation SAMS, Anti Ship/Cruise missiles, and drones those projects would actually make a difference.
     
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    If this project is successful then I think export market has a lot of opportunities, I think the project is a good idea even if it takes long time to be accepted by JSDF.

    I do not have information on their next gen SAM, cruise, antiship missiles, and drone project but I know that in the past they have done well in the development of all listed except for serious UAV's they are buying from USA.
     
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