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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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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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