AFP

Japan unveiled its first stealth fighter jet 28 January, 2016

Japan unveiled its first stealth fighter jet, officials said, with the maiden test flight planned for next month. The defence ministry's acquisition agency showed off the domestically developed, radar-dodging X-2 fighter at Nagoya Airport in Toyoyama town. Its first flight is scheduled in mid-February before delivery to the defence ministry by the end of March next year, the acquisition agency said. The X-2, developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, measures 14.2 metres long and 9.1 metres wide and was built as a successor to the F-2 fighter jets developed jointly with the United States. Presently, only the United States, Russia and China have been internationally recognised as having successfully developed and flown manned stealth jets, the agency said. Japan has reportedly spent about $332 million to develop the aircraft. 

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