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Japan's defence ministry unveiled the first full-sized mock-up of the ATD-X stealth fighter demonstrator at Japan Aerospace 2008. The country has decided against proceeding with the development stage of the programme in the next financial year, and instead continues to fund studies into the aircraft.
Originally posted by Canada_EH
I feel like I've seen these images floating around for awhile though?
Originally posted by sovietman
Correct me, if I'm wrong, maybe it was for another Japan's aircraft, but I'm pretty sure it was a stealth air superiority fighter...
Rcsmodel The Mitsubishi 3000GT sports car was sold in the US as the Dodge Stealth, but now the company has moved up to the real thing.
Japan's Technical Research & Development Institute (TRDI) recently unveiled images of the Mitsubishi ATD-X stealth fighter in the form of a full-scale radar cross-section (RCS) model. One picture was released a few months ago by TRDI, but has now disappeared from their site. Other images can be found here. They include a presentation slide confirming that France has been supporting the Japanese stealth program: between September and November 2005, the model was tested in the French government's radar cross-section (RCS) range. Other features of the twin-engine jet include thrust vectoring with external paddles, an F-22-like external shape, fly-by-light controls and the testing of a smart-skin sensor.
Originally posted by mrmonsoon
Am I the only one who thinks this looks very much like the US F-22???
A mockup is not even a preproduction working unit.
With the world economy tanking, I wonder if Japan will be able to afford to build these craft???
The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) is the biggest foreign user of the F-15, and Japan is the only license-builder of the type.