Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin fifth-generation Japanese poaching
The Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin is a prototype fifth-generation fighter aircraft that uses stealth technology. It is being developed by the Institute for Technical Research and Development under the Japanese Ministry of Defense (ITDR) for research purposes. The project’s main contractor is Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
The prototype is being designed by the Japanese company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), among others, which will be commissioned in 2014 to perform all the tests. For fiscal year 2015, it is planned to deliver the prototype of the fighter to the Air Force and to the Department of Development and Scientific Research of the Ministry of Defense of Japan to be reviewed. It had previously been reported that the development of the aircraft would be completed in 2017.In March 2012, the first ATD-X flight prototype was assembled. The development of the game began in 2004 and so far two static prototypes have been created for the finishing of the components and the placement of the equipment. In addition to the company MHI are also involved in the project Fuji Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, responsible for the fuselage, wings, cabin and its equipment. The XF5-1 post-combustion twin-flow turbojet propellers were supplied by the Ishikawajima-Harima company. The design of the aircraft reflects several of the fourth and fifth generation American fighter jets, especially the F-22 Raptor.The Ministry of Defense of Japan has asked the government for funding of 5.5 trillion yen ($ 55.1 million) for the assembly and testing of this model. The first test flight is planned for 2014, according to military technology portal Jane’s 360.
For the first flight, adding up the costs of collecting data and other measurements, it is planned to spend about 60% of the amount requested by the military, that is, 33 million dollars. In addition, performance tests of the propellers (class hunting) at great heights and tests of resistance of the hull of the airplane will be realized.The aircraft is equipped with a multimode radar with an active phase antenna system, a fiber-optic remote control system with multiple overlapping data exchange channels, a radio-electronic warfare system and a unique information exchange system. The ATD-X has been created with technologies that make it imperceptible, including dispersion geometry and composite materials that retain radio waves.
Once the development of poaching is complete, it is likely that its production will be approved in series to replace the obsolete Mitsubishi F-2 (the Japanese version of the US F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft). And the possibility of using the technology of ATD-X in other Japanese warplanes is also studied.
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