Japan unveils stealth jet fighter
Stealth technology is simply necessary nowadays, and especially when it comes to jet fighters. So it is no surprise that Japan has unveiled it’s latest project, which is supposed to be stealthy. 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 manoeuvrability ended.