Skip to comments.Japanís new stealth jet fighter has been officially unveiled
Posted on 07/13/2014 8:12:18 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin stealth fighter has rolled out.
Last month, a leaked, blurry image provided an interesting preview of the first prototype of the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X), the indigenous war plane that Japan Air Self-Defense Force will operate in the air defense role, replacing the ageing Mitsubishi F-2.
On Jul. 12, the first official photos of the ATD-X (serialled 51-0001) were released by the Japanese Ministry of Defense Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI), the Ministry of Defenses agency that has developed the Shinshin (spirit of the heart, an early codename within the Japan Self Defense Force) for research purposes.
Indeed, the ATD-X will be used for the development of the F-3, Japans next generation stealth jet.
Noteworthy, the new images were taken on May 8, 2014, when the painting of the canted vertical tails radar-evading air superiority fighter with enhanced maneuverability ended.
Image credit: mod.go.jp via Alert 5 (H/T to Antonio Valencia for the heads-up).
What makes that thing “stealth” is not the shape, but the fact that it unfolds into a Gundam.
The canopy is made of rice paper to avoid detection.
(Sorry, couldn’t resist)
Ever notice how everybody’s fighters look like they rolled. Off an American assembly line
It looks not greatly but a little bit like the F-22 Raptor.
I saw a story on the Panama City news yesterday that Tyndall Field has the largest number of F-22s in the nation.
Nearby Eglin has the most F-35s.
Not quite as vaporware-centric as Iran, I think.
Anybody care to speculate about the blurring inside of the inlets, and what might be there..?
The development time on this sucker is .kind of suspect.
Last: “AGEING F-2” ?! What a laugh !
They prolly meant something more like, “the Tsunami took out a bunch of super expensive F-2’s ??
Beijing won’t know what hit ‘em.
it looks like a skinny F-15
The blotted-out area above the intakes makes you go hmmmmm... Nice aircraft though. Very F/A-18ish
I think Tyndall sent a dozen to Japan recently
Hornet + Raptor = HorPtor ? RapNet?
Tyndall got a squadron from Holloman. Originally temporary but now permanently at Tyndall.
It looks like it could fit in my garage.
If this plane is as good as my Nissan, China is in a world of hurt.
Probably not F-117 stealth, but certainly low observable. Good idea to develop their own, since they cannot rely on Obunga and possibly his follower to back them up.
The Japanese may be announcing they are done fooling around with the old "self defense only" routine.
“but the fact that it unfolds into a Gundam.”
Har! Just came from Anime expo here in L.A. a week ago and I literally saw a yelling match between Gundam groupies and Attack on Titans nerds.
I think they announced that last week actually
They better do something... -OR- learn Chinese..
Looks to me like a stealthed up F/A-18 Hornet
Doesn’t look like it will be able to land on their new “aircraft carrier.”
ssshhhhhh.... that is a helicopter carrier... *wags finger*
Kind of like how the Chinese bought a “floating casino” from the Russians.
It looks like they do have landing gear.
lol. like that, yes.
Mitsubishi has been around for a long time, their cars almost as good as Nissans. They've concentrated more on ships and planes than cars. My grandfather worked on Mitsubishi planes in the 1930s. The French were working with Japanese giving them technical knowhow. The Chinese are newcomers to plane-building, and lack the depth of experience that the Japanese possess.
They have a lot of lead in them, and fall over frequently.
Cool picture. Might even look something like that. You know, with wings and all?
Love my Nissan 8
In an emergency (main motor died), it provided steerage for my boat down 65 miles of the Yukon River two weeks ago.....
Possibly tactical stealth - it’s possible to generally detect any stealth aircraft with a big enough radio array. But tactical stealth, where you can’t lock munitions onto the enemy and you must close in to use guns when all his weapons lock on to you just fine is seriously demoralizing and a good way to get dead for no return.
The actual F-2s are relatively recent - but the base design is from the 1970s. The F-2 is a license-built copy of the F-16 which first flew in 1974, with the Block 52 updates and changes as of 1991.
That’s at least a 20 year old design any way you look at it now.
The smaller Nissan outboards are actually Tohatsus Tohatsu outboards are the heart of the Japanese fishing fleet. They are designed to handle both fresh and salt water and are considered the best small outboards in the world.
Tohatsu started making outboards about the same time Evinrude did.
There was a time when almost all the small outboards in the U.S. were made by Tohatsu, and just rebranded.
they’ve just made mark’s jet from g-force.
seriously, looks nice, kinda big in the nose, but nice.
Now they need to start working on the Phoenix! The fiery test might be spectacular.
It must have been really bad because there is a couple Youtube trailers and nothing else I can find.
My first guess, The Japanese are hiding the method that they used to block radar waves from giving a return signal. Air intakes are a major radar reflector.
My second guess, There may be a door that closes the main intake. An auxiliary door is behind and above it. It may be a combination of both guesses.
didn’t they call that firebird mode or something like that?
different versions called it different things.
In the original Japanese version the plane was called The God Phoenix, forget what the fiery mode was called. They have like 102 episodes of the original at Hulu