Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MHI Conducts First Flight of "X-2"Advanced Technology Demonstrator

viernes, 22 de abril de 2016



Tokyo, April 22, 2016 - On April 22 / Today Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) successfully completed the maiden flight of the "X-2," an advanced technology demonstrator jet.

The aircraft took off from Nagoya Airport and went through a series of trials to confirm basic maneuvers including climbing, descent and circling operations. It then landed at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Gifu Air Base. After completing the maiden flight, the pilot, from MHI, described the flight experience as "extremely stable." "Control of the aircraft went exactly as in our simulated training sessions," he said, "and after piloting the aircraft I’m 100% positive the X-2 is magnificent and will meet the Ministry of Defense’s requirements." The X-2 is a prototype stealth aircraft - the first in Japan to feature technology impeding its detection by radar - engineered for extremely high maneuverability. The prototype integrates an airframe, engines, and other advanced systems and equipment all adaptable to future fighters.

As the coordinating company of the X-2 development project, MHI has been developing the aircraft’s airframe since 2009 with cooperation provided by 220 domestic companies and guidance from Japan’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA). In this way, world-class cutting-edge technologies developed in Japan are featured throughout the prototype unit.

Going forward MHI will continue to develop, manufacture and support the operation of defense aircraft incorporating the world’s leading technologies, thereby contributing to Japan’s national security.

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21/04/2016 press release

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The MoU will last for four years, including a pilot phase from 2016-2017. The objective is to establish a cooperation on synergies with ESIF (European Structural and Investment Funds) managed by Castilla-La Mancha, which has indicated aeronautics among its Regional Smart Specialisations priorities. In terms of implementation, the aim is to identify complementary research and innovation activities linked to the Clean Sky 2 programme and fit for a Clean Sky synergy label, for possible ESIF financing.



The signing was followed by a workshop with the Regional Aero Cluster and the Spanish CDTI (Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology), as well as representatives from Airbus (a Clean Sky Leader) and Aernnova (a Core Partner performing Clean Sky 2 activities in Castilla-La Mancha).



This is the 10th MoU signed by Clean Sky, and the third in Spain. Read more about Clean Sky’s synergies with structural funds here.

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