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Japan’s Ministry of Defense denied data on ATD-X prototype tests scheduled for 2015 year

Japan’s Ministry of Defense denied data on ATD-X prototype tests scheduled for 2015 year

Official sources refused to confirm the date of the test flight ATD-X.

The Technical Research and Development Institute of the Ministry of Defense of Japan (TRDI) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have denied news about the ATD-X (Advanced Technology Demonstrator - X) prototype being tested in the 2015 year.

12 August, Mainichi Shimbun reported that MHI decided to conduct a test flight of the new ATD-X fighter, which was to replace the F-2 Japanese air defense forces in January. Sources of information in the newspaper did not indicate.

The newspaper also reported that the Ministry of Defense will make a final decision on the start of production of the fighter in the 2018 fiscal year, after assessing the combat capabilities of the aircraft and its cost. It was also said that MHI will provide the Defense Ministry with a working prototype at the end of March 2015.

Similarly, JijiPress 12 of August announced plans for MHI to conduct a test flight of an airplane as early as January, indicating official government press services as the source.

However, a spokesman for TRDI refuted both statements in an interview with HISJane's, saying: "We have not yet decided when the first test flight of the ATD-X will be conducted."

MHI spokeswoman: “We have not made such statements. We will make a decision on the first test flight, after consulting with the Ministry of Defense. ”

In April, Japanese Defense Minister Itunori Onodera confirmed the Defense Ministry’s plans for ATD-X’s first flight this year, adding that the ministry decides whether to produce future invisible airplanes on its own or with the support of international developers for the 2018 fiscal year as technological advances and effective cost.

The ATD-X, also known as the Shinshin (Spirit of the Heart), was developed at the MHI factory near Komaki Minami in Nagoya. The aircraft was designed as a stealth fighter with improved maneuverability. The Defense Ministry will use it to research advanced technologies and integration systems, after which it is planned to manufacture fighters of the “sixth generation”, built on the principle of i3 (informed, intelligent, instantaneous - informed, intelligent, lightning-fast), as well as taking into account modern systems to counteract unobtrusive targets.

TRDI 12 August published four photos of ATD-X, taken on 8 May. Some of the images were veiled landing gears and exhaust connectors.

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  1. Giant thought
    Giant thought 20 August 2014 08: 50
    The Japanese very seriously approached the creation of their advanced fighter, which, obviously, will be a serious competitor in the air to our T-50.
    1. subbtin.725
      subbtin.725 20 August 2014 08: 54
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    2. muginov2015
      muginov2015 20 August 2014 09: 13
      Even this pepelats reminds me very much, really, like the Chinas, they began to lick?
      1. inkass_98
        inkass_98 20 August 2014 09: 22
        Quote: muginov2015
        Really as the Chinas began to lick?

        Simply, many technical solutions, starting from similar tasks, lead to similar incarnations in kind. F-15 and Su-27 are quite similar in appearance, but structurally they are completely different, even aerodynamic schemes are radically different.
    3. armageddon
      armageddon 20 August 2014 09: 20
      Hmm ... Not so simple !!! Japan has never been a leader in aircraft manufacturing ... China, with all its ambitions, is forced to buy high-class aircraft from Russia !!! So the Wishlist of Japan is one thing, reality is completely different !!!
    4. Wolka
      Wolka 20 August 2014 09: 23
      competitor not only to the Russian T-50, but F-35 b F-22 from the Yankees ...
  2. muginov2015
    muginov2015 20 August 2014 09: 16
    Even this pepelats reminds me very much, oh Japs, Japs, well, just like the Chinas, they lick down the saw.
    1. Berxen
      Berxen 20 August 2014 10: 59
      Quote: muginov2015
      Even this pepelats reminds me very much, oh Japs, Japs, well, just like the Chinas, they lick down the saw.

      Of all the 5th generation fighters, the Japanese is the most distinctive. Despite the all-turning keels, the stealth lines of the fuselage (especially in the nose area) and, it seems, the S-shaped intake - after all, the samurai does not look as "flattened" as ours and the American. I wonder why he needs such a horse canopy? Double?
      1. FID
        FID 20 August 2014 12: 32
        Quote: BerXen
        . Despite all-turning keels,

        Are you not mistaken? Judging by the picture - the usual rudders ....
  3. Dragon-y
    Dragon-y 20 August 2014 10: 16
    What are "exhaust connectors"? .. I have never seen such a term.
    1. FID
      FID 20 August 2014 12: 36
      I could be wrong, but, apparently, we mean swivel nozzles, or fastening elements of swivel nozzles ...
  4. R-mdc
    R-mdc 20 August 2014 11: 49
    Well, of course, when after the Second World War the Japanese practically lack their own school of military jet aircraft manufacturing, they hopelessly lag behind ... in such circumstances, there’s only one thing left for Russia and Amers to lick.
  5. 0255
    0255 20 August 2014 13: 57
    Most likely Obama told the Japanese to fly a Fu-35, and the Japanese do not dare to refuse wassat
    How it was with the Israeli "Lavi"