07 Dec '17, 12am

Japan nears end of X-2 fighter trials | Jane's 360

Japan’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed to Jane’s that it is nearing the end of the testing phase of its Mitsubishi X-2 ‘Shinshin’ (Spirit) combat technology demonstrator aircraft as part of a wider project to assess capabilities in support of its programme to replace the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) Mitsubishi F-2 fighters. A spokesperson from ATLA said on 5 December that testing of the X-2 – formerly known as the Advanced Technology Demonstrator, Experimental (ATD-X) – is scheduled to conclude by the end of March 2018. The spokesperson said that the X-2, which made its maiden flight in April 2016, has to date accumulated 34 test flights, two of which were supervised by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and the remainder by ATLA.

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/76201/japan-nears-end-of-x-2...

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