29/01/2016 17:36

First locally developed stealth plane unveiled by Japan

Japan unveiled its first domestically-developed, radar-dodging X-2 fighter jet. It’s first flight is scheduled in mid-February before delivery to the defence ministry by end of March 2017.

The X-2, developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, was created as a successor to the F-2 fighter jets developed jointly with the United States.

A total of 39.4 billion yen (S$474 million) was spent to develop the 14m aircraft. It would take many years for Japan to develop the X-2 into an actual war plane as it is unarmed and its engines are underpowered, according to the Wall Street Journal.