Japanese Defense: Stealth fighter prototype unveiled

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A prototype of the X-2 advanced stealth fighter.

 

TOKYO — A demonstration unit of the X-2 stealth fighter made its debut Thursday, with the Japanese-built experimental aircraft promising greater maneuverability than other stealth planes.

The jet will take its maiden flight the week of Feb. 15 or Feb. 22. Designer and builder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will hand it over to the Ministry of Defense’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency at the end of March. The X-2 is under development as the government prepares to replace the F-2 fighter, due for retirement around fiscal 2028. Continue reading

J-20 would defeat F-15J in long-range air combat

After claiming that the Japanese F-2 multirole fighter is going to defeat its Chinese counterpart, J-10 in a future air combat over the disputed Diaoyutai (Senkaku) islands, Kyle Mizokami, an American military expert said that the People’s Liberation Army’s J-20 fifth-generation fighter will be able to shoot down Japan’s American-built F-15J fighter in an article he wrote for the National Interest magazine on Oct. 16. Continue reading