Japanese First Stealth Fighter Unveiled
X-2 stealth fighter that has been created in Japan, It is being said that it is capable of effectively keeping its presence undetected by enemy radar systems.
Previously it was known as ATD-X, short form for Advanced Technology Demonstrator X and was manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. The main aim is to come up with replacements for the country’s aging fleet of fighter aircraft. Japan can’t purchase the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors, therefore, it had to develop its own aircraft that exhibited similar characteristics. The project has so far cost $440 million.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense unveiled the aircraft at Nagoya Airport in Toyoyama. It is scheduled for its maiden flight after mid-February and if all goes according to plan, Japan will become the fourth nation that will be flying its own stealth fighter jet, a club that currently has China, Russia and US.