Japan’s New 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Jet
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ experimental fifth-generation fighter technology demonstrator X-2 “Shinshin” (formerly the ATD-X) took to the skies for the first time. Th 5th generation stealth fighter jet’s 25 min maiden flight from Nagoya saw it reach an altitude of 12,000 ft and a top speed of 200 kt (370 km/h), says Hirofumi Doi, manager of Japan’s Future Fighter Program. Post-flight feedback from the pilot indicates that the X-2 performed as expected, he said that it will be a great airplane to fly. The timing of the second sortie depends on weather conditions. During this flight, the aircraft will retract its landing gear and accelerate to higher speeds.