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Anigrand #AA2101 1/72 Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin



 
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Kit #AA2101. 1/72 scale. This is a highly-detailed resin kit of the Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin, compete with decals.

At the beginning of the 21st century, the Japanese Air Self Defense Force began to look at replace its aging fleet of fighter aircraft. First, it looked into purchasing the F-22 Raptor, but America’s Congress had banned exporting the Raptor to safeguard the aircraft's technology. This led Japan to develop its own fifth-generation stealthy fighter.

The Japanese Ministry of Defense Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI) – Japan’s version of DARPA – launched their Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X) program, and selected Mitsubishi to develop a research prototype, the Shinshin, using advanced stealth technology.

In 2005, a mock-up of the ATD-X – superficially looking remarkably like a McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F-15, though with a faceted, inherently-stealthy airframe – was constructed to study the radar cross section. In phase two, a radio-controlled 1/5 scale model made its first flight in 2006. It has been used to gain data on performance at high angles of attack and to test new sensory equipment and the plane’s innovative self-repairing flight control systems. Following these tests, the decision was taken in 2007 to go ahead with the project. Originally, the ATD-X’s first flight had been scheduled for 2014, though this now looks optimistic. Actual flight may occur in 2015 or 2016. Should this lead to a production aircraft, the Mitsubishi F-3, production would not begin before 2027.


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