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Japan continues to work on creating fifth-generation stealth aircraft. Footage aired on national TV. Mitsubishi Electronics-led team proceeded to test, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar based on the F-2 fighter aircraft. Allegedly, Japanese AESA radar is similar to US-made AN/APG-81, used in F-35 aircraft.

Showcased for the first time footage of test prototype of a low-bypass turbofan (XF9-1) engine, developed by IHI Corporation. The new engine is about 4.8 meters in length, about 1 meter in diameter. More than 15 tons of thrust with afterburner, and more than 11 tons of intermediate thrust without afterburner.

Last month, the Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed its plans to pursue a “Japan-led” program to develop a next-generation fighter aircraft that will replace its Mitsubishi F-2 multi-role combat platform in the 2030s.

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