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Japanís new stealth jet fighter has been officially unveiled
The Aviationist ^ | Jul 12 2014 | David Cenciotti

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 Defense’s 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, Japan’s 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).


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; atdx; japan; stealth
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1 posted on 07/13/2014 8:12:18 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

What makes that thing “stealth” is not the shape, but the fact that it unfolds into a Gundam.


2 posted on 07/13/2014 8:15:16 PM PDT by Little Pig
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To: sukhoi-30mki

F-18 ish


3 posted on 07/13/2014 8:15:34 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The canopy is made of rice paper to avoid detection.

(Sorry, couldn’t resist)


4 posted on 07/13/2014 8:15:41 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: Little Pig
What makes that thing “stealth” is not the shape, but the fact that it unfolds into a Gundam.

HAAA-HA-HA-HAA-HAAA!!!
5 posted on 07/13/2014 8:16:09 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Ever notice how everybody’s fighters look like they rolled. Off an American assembly line


6 posted on 07/13/2014 8:16:51 PM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

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.


7 posted on 07/13/2014 8:18:00 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

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…??


8 posted on 07/13/2014 8:18:36 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Beijing won’t know what hit ‘em.


9 posted on 07/13/2014 8:18:59 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: sukhoi-30mki

it looks like a skinny F-15


10 posted on 07/13/2014 8:21:33 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The blotted-out area above the intakes makes you go hmmmmm... Nice aircraft though. Very F/A-18ish


11 posted on 07/13/2014 8:22:23 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: yarddog

I think Tyndall sent a dozen to Japan recently


12 posted on 07/13/2014 8:22:37 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Ping.


13 posted on 07/13/2014 8:23:20 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: GeronL

Hornet + Raptor = HorPtor ? RapNet?


14 posted on 07/13/2014 8:24:26 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: GeronL

Tyndall got a squadron from Holloman. Originally temporary but now permanently at Tyndall.


15 posted on 07/13/2014 8:25:06 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: gaijin

The Hopper?


16 posted on 07/13/2014 8:25:47 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

17 posted on 07/13/2014 8:27:42 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

It looks like it could fit in my garage.


18 posted on 07/13/2014 8:28:23 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

If this plane is as good as my Nissan, China is in a world of hurt.


19 posted on 07/13/2014 8:31:04 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Interesting how they "fuzzed" out the intake details, and who knows what else.

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.

20 posted on 07/13/2014 8:36:22 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I can’t see anything.......


21 posted on 07/13/2014 8:37:19 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Little Pig

“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.


22 posted on 07/13/2014 8:40:41 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: doorgunner69

I think they announced that last week actually


23 posted on 07/13/2014 8:42:20 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: max americana

lol


24 posted on 07/13/2014 8:43:11 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

They better do something... -OR- learn Chinese..


25 posted on 07/13/2014 8:44:32 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: GeronL

Looks to me like a stealthed up F/A-18 Hornet


26 posted on 07/13/2014 8:46:28 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Doesn’t look like it will be able to land on their new “aircraft carrier.”


27 posted on 07/13/2014 8:46:54 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Tailback

That too


28 posted on 07/13/2014 8:47:36 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Vince Ferrer

ssshhhhhh.... that is a helicopter carrier... *wags finger*


29 posted on 07/13/2014 8:48:17 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Little Pig

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VF-1_Valkyrie

Freegards


30 posted on 07/13/2014 8:49:59 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: GeronL

Kind of like how the Chinese bought a “floating casino” from the Russians.


31 posted on 07/13/2014 8:50:44 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: sukhoi-30mki

It looks like they do have landing gear.


32 posted on 07/13/2014 8:50:46 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

lol. like that, yes.


33 posted on 07/13/2014 8:51:48 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: baddog 219
If this plane is as good as my Nissan, China is in a world of hurt.

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.

34 posted on 07/13/2014 8:56:56 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: EveningStar

Ping


35 posted on 07/13/2014 8:58:41 PM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: roadcat
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.

36 posted on 07/13/2014 8:58:44 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Little Pig

Jetfire
http://public.media.smithsonianmag.com/legacy_blog/jetfire.jpg


37 posted on 07/13/2014 9:09:42 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Cool picture. Might even look something like that. You know, with wings and all?


38 posted on 07/13/2014 9:20:48 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The GOP is dying. What do we do now?)
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To: Army Air Corps

Thanks!


39 posted on 07/13/2014 9:34:37 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: baddog 219

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.....

Fabulous motor!


40 posted on 07/13/2014 9:39:35 PM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: doorgunner69

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.


41 posted on 07/13/2014 10:05:49 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: gaijin

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.


42 posted on 07/13/2014 10:09:29 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Cen-Tejas

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.


43 posted on 07/13/2014 10:10:11 PM PDT by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

they’ve just made mark’s jet from g-force.

seriously, looks nice, kinda big in the nose, but nice.


44 posted on 07/13/2014 10:29:06 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Now they need to start working on the Phoenix! The fiery test might be spectacular.


45 posted on 07/13/2014 10:31:55 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Hang on a minute... I liked the old version better!!


46 posted on 07/13/2014 10:34:18 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Secret Agent Man
did you know they made a live action movie of G-Force... I mean Gatchaman.. (Science Ninja Team)...

It must have been really bad because there is a couple Youtube trailers and nothing else I can find.


And then there is the bad guy.... or girl...


47 posted on 07/13/2014 10:40:35 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: gaijin
Anybody care to speculate about the blurring inside of the inlets, and what might be there..?

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.

F-117 Nighthawk

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.

B-2 Spirit

48 posted on 07/13/2014 11:08:11 PM PDT by Daaave ("You Nexus, huh? I design your eyes.")
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To: GeronL

didn’t they call that firebird mode or something like that?


49 posted on 07/13/2014 11:10:22 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

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


50 posted on 07/13/2014 11:14:28 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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