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New pictures of Japan's ATD-X Shinshin 5th gen aircraft demonstrator

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Aviation defence equipment technology - Japan A-TDX
 
 
New pictures of Japan's ATD-X Shinshin 5th gen aircraft demonstrator
 
New pictures of the Japan-made Advanced Technology Demonstrator – X (ATD-X) have been released on the internet by Japanese daily newspaper Sankei Shimbun. The first prototype of the future F-3 5th gen fighter aircraft has been showcased today, Jan. 28, to industrial representatives and local press by Japan Air Self-Defense Forces officials.
     
japan atdx demonstrator 640 003Japan's first  ATD-X demonstrator aircraft has been showcased to the public
(Credit: Sankei Shimbun)
     
A prototype of Japan's 5th generation stealth air superiority fighter, the Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin, will make its maiden flight in February.This first prototype of the aircraft, developed by the Japanese Defense Ministry's Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI), will undergo taxiing and ground trials at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries testing center in Aichi Prefecture, before taking to the skies 'sometime in February'.
     
japan atdx demonstrator 640 004Japan's first  ATD-X demonstrator aircraft has been showcased to the public
(Credit: Sankei Shimbun)
     
Japan's indigenously developed a fifth-generation air superiority fighter, designated the F-3, is expected to begin serial production in 2027, although delays on the ATD-X prototype, originally scheduled to be fully developed by 2018. This $340mn project started in 2009.

The country’s first domestically made stealth fighter — 14.2 meters long, 9.1 meters wide and 4.5 meters high — is scheduled to fly from Nagoya airport.
     
japan atdx demonstrator 640 001The ATD-X demonstrator will test indigenously-made thrust vectoring turbofan engine
(Credit: Sankei Shimbun)
     
The ATD-X will test new technologies, including a second generation AESA radar, advanced "fly-by-fiber-optic" flight control system that can compensate for battle damage and control surface failures, an advanced ESM and ECM suite, thrust vectoring and locally developed high-thrust turbofan engines.
     
japan atdx demonstrator 640 002Mitsubishi ATD-X aircraft scale model
(Credit: Sankei Shimbun)