Originally seen on The Aviationist, now seen also at other sites, is a picture of what might be the Mitsubishi ATD-X. It's supposedly from the
"Chinese Internet", which has become the catch all for pictures of unusual platforms.
Japan is revisiting their choice to buy the F-35A, and this might be a way to ensure that they have a stealth force. On the other hand, if it's in
the F-22 class, it ensures that they have escorts for their F-35s.
Interestingly, it appears in the picture (whatever it actually is), that it has a mechanically scanned radar under the nose, instead of an AESA
system. If it is the ATD-X, that means they may be on schedule to fly later this year, as planned.
The following image, which is sourced from David Cenciotti of The Aviationist (in turn claimed to be from "Chinese Internet," the catchall usual
suspects of anonymous aero-defense news) purports to be a manned flying prototype of the Mitsubishi ATD-X, a stealth demonstrator leading the way for
Japan's effort to build its own F-22 or F-35-like Stealth Fighter.
An image appeared on some Chinese forums, may show the first prototype of the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X), a fighter plane destined
to replace Japan Air Self-Defense Force‘s Mitsubishi F-2 in the air defense role.
The aircraft, developed by the Japanese Ministry of Defense Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI) for research purposes and unofficially
known in Japan as Shinshin (meaning “spirit of the heart”, actually an early codename within the Japan Self Defense Force) is expected to fly for
the first time within the end of this year.
Japan just had this big government policy change to allow arms exports.
A lot of that came about due to the huge demand of Armored Vehicles.
Something Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has a keen interest in.
at the very end of the article they talk briefly about how
Japanese firms are making their first appearance at the show, following a switch in government policy to allow arms exports. Products
promoted include Toshiba radar technology, while Kawasaki Heavy Industries is offering motorbikes, off road vehicles, and small aerial
likely the reason for the roll out of this new plane?
Yes yes it is all well and good to have a stealth fighter that has a radar signature of a small bird but when a radar picks up a small bird flying at
700mph surely somebody will get suspicious. As well as being able to know it is an enemy jet you will know specifically it is an ATD-X.
more and more radars are being focused into the job of finding small fast moving objects like incoming missiles etc with Sampson and Aegis and the
target acquisition for the new laser weapons, how different would the ATD-X appear to a new system. Surely the goal of stealth now is to have a
completely radar invisible aircraft rather than one with any cross section at all?
If you can't completely hide an aircraft to radar (assuming radar advances to protect against stealth aircraft) maybe maneuverability and missile
technology will become more important in the long run?
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