Japan Unveils First Fighter Jet – The X-2 Stealth


On Thursday, January 28, 2016, Japan unveiled its first-ever stealth fighter jet, the X-2 at the airport in Komaki-shi, Aichi-ken, Japan.

As a stealth fighter, the X-2 helps the plane avoid being detected by radar.

Developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.—the same folks who brought terror to the skies with its Zero back in WWII—the X-2 is 14.2 meters (47 feet, of course) long and 9.1 meters (29.86 feet) wide and was built as a successor to the F-2 fighter jets Mitsubishi developed jointly with the United States.

The first official flight of the X-2 will occur sometime in mid-February.

As of now, the only other nations to have been recognized as having developed and flown a manned stealth jet are: U.S., Russia and China.

After spending some ¥39.4-billion (US $332-million) to develop the fighter plane—which seems cheap to me—the first delivery of an X-2 to Japan’s Defence Ministry is scheduled for March of 2017 (next year).

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries also designed and built Japan’s first domestically-produced passenger jet, first flying back in November of 2015.

These two planes from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are noteworthy because Japan was forcibly barred from building its own aircraft after WWII.


Toy soldiers not included.

Personally, I have no problem in Japan designing and building aircraft for its own use—whether commercial or military.

It’s been 70 years for cripes sake. The Japan of 2016 isn’t at all like the Japan of the 1930s-1945.

If the plane is a success, perhaps Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will be able to parlay the X-2 into international sales to like-minded friendly nations.

Article originally published in my blog about Japan back on January 29, 2016 HERE.

Images by AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura.

About mreman47

Andrew was born in London, UK, raised in Toronto, Canada, and cavorted in Ohtawara, Japan for three years. He is married, has a son and a cat. He has over 35,000 comic books and a plethora of pioneer aviation-related tobacco and sports cards and likes to build LEGO dioramas. He has written and been an editor for various industrial magazines, has scripted comic books, ghost-written blogs for business sectors galore, and hates writing in the 3rd person. He also hates having to write this crap that no one will ever read. He works on his Pioneers Of Aviation - a cool blog on early fliers - even though it takes him so much time to do. He also wants to do more writing - for money, though. Help him out so he can stop talking in the 3rd person.
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