X-2,Japan’s first stealth fighter aircraft unveiled

January 2016, Science and Technology
In Brief:


Japan unveiled the country’s first stealth fighter aircraft X-2. The domestically-built fighter aircraft seeks to augment defence capabilities of the country that is surrounded by China and Russia. 

Some of the salient features
a) It has two engines, similar to the F-22 of the USA, and is 46 feet long by 30 feet wide and 15 feet tall.
b) Its stealthy features include a special coating on the canopy that houses the pilot, as well as a carbon-fiber composite material that absorbs radar waves.
c) It was built under the code name Mitsubishi Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X by the country’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.
d) It was built at a cost of 340 million US dollars and is smaller than a standard jet fighter.

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