Mitsubishi ATD-X ShinShin a Japanese Stealth Fighter

The Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin is a Japanese aircraft being developed by the Ministry of Defense Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI) for research purposes. ATD-X is an acronym which represents “Advanced Technology Demonstrator – X”. The aircraft’s Japanese name is shin-shin which means “one’s mind”. The main contractor is Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and this aircraft will be used as a technology demonstrator and research prototype to determine whether domestic advanced technologies for a fifth generation fighter aircraft are viable. The aircraft’s first flight is scheduled for 2014. The design of the aircraft reflects those of several American fourth and fifth generation fighters, most notably the F-22 Raptor.

The aircraft also features a 3D thrust vectoring with 3 paddles on each engine nozzle. Its radar will be an Active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar called the ‘Multifunction RF Sensor’, which is intended to have broad spectrum agility.The nozzles on the prototype appears to be uncovered and might have a slight adverse effect on the aircraft’s stealth characteristics. Japan is set to develop its own next-generation stealth fighter jets to reduce its dependence on foreign technology and counter similar moves by China and Russia.Japan, which wants to replace its aging fighter fleet, has also made overtures to Washington on the possibility of purchasing the U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth fighter.However, the U.S. Congress has repeatedly banned the sale of the plane to any foreign government, in an attempt to safeguard their country’s advanced technology.

Japan’s Defense Ministry now aims to test its own prototype stealth jet, advanced control system and radar-jamming device — within five years, the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper reported. A mock-up has already undergone preliminary ground tests in France, the report said. Japan’s ministry has given a go to this project with the multi billion-yen (multi million-dollar; multi million-euro) thereby the developers will start working toward flight tests, with production in about 10 years. The reports also say that there was a possible involvement of US Lockheed Martin in the development of ATD-X.

Japan hopes that having its own domestic stealth fighter jet would mean it would not have to rely on foreign governments for key military technology. Homegrown stealth capabilities would also likely help Japan enhance its radar systems to counter regional rivals China and Russia, which are in a process to develop their own stealth jets. Japan’s air force has been searching for replacements for its aging fleet of F-4s. Options include three U.S.-made planes — the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F-18 and advanced F-15s — as well as the Eurofighter Typhoon.However a purchase from Washington has been hindered by its export ban of F-22s, imposed in part over reluctance to share sensitive military technology with foreign governments.

Japanese navy computers recent leak of data from a joint U.S.-Japan AEGIS radar system has also spurred U.S. concerns over sharing information with Tokyo. Japan and the U.S. recently signed a military data protection pact that tightens controls on the handling of classified information from one another’s militaries.

The moves come as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to bolster the country’s defense coordination with the United States. Washington also have around 50,000 troops based in Japan, its top ally in Asia, under a mutual security pact.


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  • Masta1

    This is like a miniature Silent Eagle.

  • John

    A lot of the new stealth fighters such as the ShinShin, Chengdu J-20, Sukhoi T-50 all look exactly like the F-22 Raptor. They look like exact copies or replicas of it. I am wondering whether the secret information that the Chinese managed to obtain from the US contains the F-22 plans? Otherwise I am wondering whether one has been shotdown and they have reverse engineered it and shared the technology and secrets with each other for a price? It seems to much of a coincidence to me that they all look the same.

    • jack sparrow

      the F-22 has been canceled and it really hasn't seen combat

    • Tom

      They don't look like the Raptor to me. The Raptor doesn't have canards (J-20, T-50) or a delta wing (J-20), and those fighters are larger than the F-22.

      Russians and Chinese don't need to copy the US. Ever seen a Russian or Chinese kid at school? Those people are generally pretty smart.

      • MrSatyre

        Of course the Chinese are undeniably smart. But don't be so quick to wave aside claims that their aerospace programs are not clones of Russian and US designs.

        The Chinese sent all their rocket engineers to Russia to study, and since then have developed what are quite clearly direct copies of Russian boosters, modules and space suits. Even the infrastructure for design, manufacturing and launching space vehicles in China are clearly derived from Russian designs.

        The Chinese have also notoriously driven the Russians to distraction with repeated bulk orders of Russian fighters, which they then cancel after the initial 2 or 3 samples have been thoroughly reverse-engineered and copied. For most of the Cold War, China was licensed by MiG and Sukhoi to reproduce various designs, but since then have broken away from those contracts and are producing unauthorized clones. Russia is now very reluctant to sell China any new fighters such as the upgraded Su-34/35 models, as China is already in the process of producing unauthorized copies of them both.

        China, like Russia before it, is playing it very smart indeed, avoiding unnecessarily enormous R&D expenses by copying entire designs or the best parts thereof from the West and using its incredible talents in cheap mass-production to quickly modernize their military much more quickly. Instead of being the usual decades behind the curve, they are able to maintain a mere years or even months behind the curve, all the while adding their own unique innovations.

  • anonymous

    I would`nt agree with people who say that all these new stealth planes are just F-22 replicas or copies.In every developed country people invest in science and so many times hapend that in order to get right solutions or design of plane needed for country scientists usually come to the same conclusions,i mean if in wind tunel testing with some certain design you can achieve desired speed and manouverability or if you with some specific shape of plane you can achieve higher level of stealth,it`s no wonder that in other design bureau other guys get similar result,so that`s why some planes look like they are copies,in the matter of fact they are not the same,none of them,every stealth plane is based on specific approach and demands of country which have invested in that technology.

  • anonymous

    I think the new stealth fighters look like the F-22 because that's the optimal shape of a stealth fighter. The real secrets are the coating and systems.

  • Rahul

    When people compare a T-50 or ShinShin to an F-22, it is like saying a Ford Mustang is a copy of Dodge Challenger (or vice versa). They have the same optimized body because they are all designed to the same standards of operation (5th gen).

  • shu

    almost soon every country will have a stealth fighter jet just only time.i think the chinese have the best stealth fighter jet.i pretty sure they will make other ones too with the scrap metal from the helicoptor crash in pakistan when osama was may be the end of the world sooner than we think.i would check on the contractors.other countries may be using the same contractors and scientist building their steath fighters as we are.

  • Tom

    Should be an improvement over those F-4 Phantoms 🙂

  • R.A.Z.

    But…can you transform it into a robot?…


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