Japan’s fighter-technology demonstrator has flown, taking off from Nagoya Airport on April 22 for a 26-min. journey in a clear sky. Much less clear is exactly where the aircraft’s technology will go, and what type of fighter force Japan will have in coming decades. A Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) F-2 strike fighter escorted the X-2 demonstrator, also built by MHI, to nearby Gifu airbase, home of Japan’s air development and test wing. This all happened about five years ...

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