Japan Set to Launch Its First Fighter Jet Since World War II to Counter China

The Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD – X), a stealth jet fighter,
which has been in the making for four years, is expected to take to the
skies for the first time in January next year, according to the sources of ASIAN DEFENCE NEWS.

Japan’s World War II defence manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is
currently undertaking a final ground test of the prototype fighter also
referred to as ‘Shinshin’, which it will deliver to Japan’s Defence
Ministry
in April next year.

Mitsubishi ATD-X Fighter

Mitsubishi ATD-X Fighter

The government is expected to conduct further tests to verify the jet’s
capabilities before it decides on production of the aircraft’s in 2018.