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Mitsubishi ATD-X 'Shinshin'

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  1. Vritra

    Vritra Major ELITE MEMBER

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    Mitsubishi Advanced Technology Demonstrator – X (ATD-X) ‘Shinshin’ (心神: One’s Mind)

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    The Aircraft in brief:

    The Mitsubishi ATD-X ‘Shinshin’ is a Japanese 5th Generation technology demonstrator aircraft being developed by the Japanese MoD’s Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI). The programme was initiated in lieu of the United States of America refusing to export its advanced 5th generation fighter, the F-22 Raptor, for use by the Japanese Air Self-Defence Force. Mitsubishi is the primary contractor for the ATD-X, with Huzisige Industries (inc.), Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., and IHI Corporation acting as sub-contractors. These corporations will be responsible for manufacturing, maintenance and upgrades should the aircraft ever make it beyond the prototype phase.

    The mission of this aircraft is to study the feasibility of a home grown 5th generation fighter, namely the development of advanced stealth technologies (infrared signature reduction, radar cross section reduction) , next generation weapons, avionics, flight control systems (integration of stealth shaping without compromising aerodynamic performance) and next generation jet engines. As of now, the first flight is scheduled to take place between 2013-2015. The entire project is expected to cost about 500 million USD.

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    Design:


    The images of the ATD-X available to the public all show more or less the same configuration: a longitudinal biplane with a design inspired by 4th and 5th generation American designs such as the Boeing F-15 Eagle and the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor.

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    The Mitsubishi ATD-X has a total length of 46.5 feet. It has a wingspan length of 29.85 feet. It has a maximum height, at the cockpit dome, of 14.8 feet. Its maximum takeoff weight is set to be around eight tons.

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    The stealth shaping of the Shinshin was studied at France's DGA defence agency's CELAR (centre for military electronics), a laboratory constructed the Solange indoor RCS range.

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    Engines:

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    2010: According to a report on Flightglobal , the TDRI was looking to source engines from an external manufacturer.
    This report also suggested that TRDI were believed to have examined the GTRE GTX-35 ‘Kaveri’ engine, the under-developed engine intended, upon conception, for use in the Indian HAL Tejas, leading one to conclude that the viability of this report is questionable.


    Radar:

    TRDI is known to be developing an advanced phased array radar for use on the ATD-X.

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    Images of a scale model:
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    Sources:

    Jane's Defence
    MHI
    Air Force Times
    Aviation Week
    International Assessment and Strategy Centre
    Flight Global
    Defence Aviation

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    Work in progress, to be updated as more information emerges. If anyone has more information, pictures, etc., post here or send me message, please. Thanks!
     
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  2. Hashu

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    first flight: 2013!
     
  3. tariqkhan18

    tariqkhan18 Major Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    I assume this will be delayed after the unfortunate disaster Japan had to face.
     
  4. madrasjat2000

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    I Hope Japanese will be willing to supply us some know how.My condolences to the Japanese People who are affected by Tsunami
     
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    And why is that so???
     
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    And I assume that the program is already dead. With at least $ 200-400 billion required to get Japan back on track, I don't think Japan would invest in something that is not the no. 1 priority as of now. Japan is better off with buying F-35, and that too after 5-6 years from now.
     
  7. Vritra

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    On the contrary, it is more of a priority for the Japanese right now to demonstrate their ability to maintain military defences on par with the world's best, major natural disaster or not. They don't want to give economic/military rivals like China and North Korea that they're slacking off. And as far as the F-35 is concerned, they've gotten to the point where, like most of the partner countries of the JSF and 3rd parties like India, they can see the lack of practical value the F-35 presents.
     
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    This won't be coming anywhere before 2025 now because of the situation that we have right now in Japan. Feel sorry for the Japanese people; so hard working and yet always suffering disasters.
     
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    If it ever flies into sky, will japan export it to india???
     
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    The Japanese are likely to include a significant amount of US tech in the aircraft, which the US would refuse to export to India. So unless the Japanese can make it fully indigenous, which I doubt, the US would block export attempts.

    Besides, there probably won't be need for it in India.

    That's a static display: It doesn't have landing gear.
     
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