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    Japan Unveils New Stealth Fighter
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    While many headlines (like, uh, ours) will note that the X-2 is a stealth fighter, itís much closer to Americaís X-47B in function: a technology demonstrator, more than a factory-ready design. While America is more than eager to export its stealthy jack-of-all-trades F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the United States kept an exclusive monopoly on its air superiority fighter, the F-22. So for Japan to get a top-line aerial combatant, it has to make one itself.
    Hence the X-2. It boasts two engines, like the F-22, and is 46 feet long by 30 feet wide and 15 feet tall. Stealth is usually achieved by a combination of materials that absorb, rather than reflect, radio waves, and by a body shape that reflects the waves away from the radar receiver.
    Weíll have to wait until the X-2 flies to find out much more than the raw measurements, and itíll be even longer than that to see if Japan decides to go from a stealth demonstrator to a working, deployed stealth fighter. Still, assuming the test is a success, Japan will be the fourth nation, after the United States, Russia, and China, to have a working stealth plane.


    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/...nmo?li=BBnbfcL
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  • #2
    From the Wall Street Journal

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/japan-un...ter-1453977421

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    • #3
      Isn't the concept of unveiling a stealth aircraft something of an oxymoron?
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      • #4
        Well, the cat being long out of the bag, this is probably necessary in any democratic state. Getting the people behind the nation's defense initiatives is a very old part of the art of leadership; for good or for ill.
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        • #5
          Looks small, could be no more than a one trick pony at this stage.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Achtung Baby View Post
            Looks small, could be no more than a one trick pony at this stage.
            I was thinking something along that, sort of like the WWII 'Zero' ...

            With ever improving miniaturization, and other tech advances, sometimes getting from drawing board to first flight can find a design a gen or two aged. I'm curious to know more of what is under the skin of this one but it looks to show a common design scheme and form for "stealth" and high-performance to merge.
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            • #7
              It looks too ... normal.

              Not the color, but the curves and the smooth surface.
              I guess Stealth tech isn't what it used to be.... ?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by The Exorcist View Post
                It looks too ... normal.

                Not the color, but the curves and the smooth surface.
                I guess Stealth tech isn't what it used to be.... ?
                F22 wasn't as exotic as the F117 and B2, neither is the F35. Although yeah this looks even less than those.

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                • #9
                  It's all just a cover for it's real purpose. It climbs to altitude and then transforms into a giant robot.
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                  • #10
                    What does intrigue me is the nozzles, it would be interesting to see this pull extreme manoeuvres. Reminds me of the X-31.

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                    X-31.


                    "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
                    Ernest Hemingway.

                    "We're all going to die, all of us; what a circus! That alone should make us love each other, but it doesn't. We are terrorised and flattened by trivialities."
                    Bukowski

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by The Exorcist View Post
                      It looks too ... normal.

                      Not the color, but the curves and the smooth surface.
                      I guess Stealth tech isn't what it used to be.... ?
                      With composites and layering of EM absorbing material ...
                      could result in a much reduced radar return.

                      We are looking at a test aircraft, guessing operational sorts will have a more dull coloration.
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