Japan starts to assemble full scale ATD-X

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  1. Shaitan

    Shaitan Zandu balm all day Senior Member

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    Tokyo, March 28, 2012 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) today began assembly of a full-scale structural-testing model of an Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD). The ATD, which MHI is building under the contract with the Japan Ministry of Defense, will be used to prove the airworthiness of advanced technologies, including stealth capabilities and high maneuverability, for future Japanese fighters. With the commencement of assembly, the ATD project has now moved into the production phase.

    To mark the beginning of assembly work, the "first rivet" ceremony was held earlier today at the Tobishima Plant of MHI's Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works in Aichi Prefecture. Among those attendees were Yoshitaka Akiyama, Director General of the Technical Research & Development Institute, the Japan Ministry of Defense; Haruhiko Kataoka, Japan Air Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff; and Takashi Kobayashi, Representative Director, Executive Vice President and Head of MHI's Aerospace Systems.

    During the ceremony, an equipment mounting bracket was riveted to the bulkhead separating the fuel tank from the forward equipment bay in the mid fuselage, which houses electronic equipments. It marks the first step in the assembly of the ATD aircraft. This riveting was conducted for the full-scale static structural test model to be used to obtain strength data of the aircraft's basic structural elements and to verify the design of the ATD.

    The ATD prototype project was launched in Japanese fiscal year 2009 (April 2009-March 2010) in the situation of next-generation fighter development programs in neighboring countries. Through flight tests of advanced technologies relating to stealth and high maneuverability, the project aims at the empirical research of the advanced fighter technologies and air defense systems that are capable of coping with the stealth fighters that may soon be deployed around Japan.

    With the assembly of the full-scale static structural test model as the first step, the ATD project is on track to produce a flight test model that is expected to make its first flight in 2014. The project is slated for completion by the end of March 2017.

    MHI is committed to playing a major role in Japanese defense industry going forward and will make every effort to see the ATD project through to a successful completion.

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  3. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    2017... they will probably beat the F-35. :lol:
     
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    rock127 Maulana Rockullah Senior Member

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    Recently Japan said that they would come out of their pacifist military ideology and start exporting military hardware to few countries as well and expand it's influence in Asia.They are capable of creating the most advanced technology in any field so no wonder if they come up with even 6th gen fighters(may be named like Samurai Class 6th Gen fighters).
     
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    Forget about better than America, PRC even produces weapons that are worse that those of Russia, that too after counterfeiting them. Heck, PRC even had to clone the Indian Bajaj Pulsar.
     
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    The aircraft is at best a fifth generation version of Gripen or F-16. Perhaps an offshoot of their F-16(F-2) experience. It is supposed to be a light fighter.

    As the name states, it is a tech demonstrator for a second program which will actually be inducted. But that is well into the next decade.
     
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    agentperry Senior Member Senior Member

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    they started the project in 2009 and in 2012 they are getting this into full scale testing. when i compare this with tejas i feel....mc bc
     
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    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

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    Looks very small, should be in the AMCA category.

    xf3s19.jpg
     
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    Relax people. It is a TD. They will build one, dump it and then start over. That's what's planned as of today. This aircraft will never see service.

    Btw, it is a Gripen/F-16 sized aircraft.
     
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    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

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    How do you know this?
     
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    SATISH DFI Technocrat Stars and Ambassadors

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    If ATD-x flies then F-22 raptor will be based permanently in Okinawa or will be sold to Japan.

    The US dosent want any other weapon other than theirs in the Pacific and western border.
     
  13. utubekhiladi

    utubekhiladi The Preacher Elite Member

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    this thread is to talk about Japan and it's assemble of ATD-x.

    do not derail the thread by spewing venom on your hate against India.
     
  14. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    As said above..

    Stick to the topic..
     
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    Very nice plane j20 stands no chance against it.
     
  19. SPIEZ

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    The main aspect would be the electronics. I believe japan has a far better and more modern electronics than China, for that all countries except US/UK.
    And they could easily get their hand on Us electronics as well which could be game changer.
     
  20. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Thread clean..

    less emotion and more information..
     
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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Just Fanboy stuff but very real looking..

    Anyways, Sinshen is late and more a 6th generation figter rather than a 5th generation fighter..
     

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