TOKYO (Sputnik) — Japan held a ground test, on Wednesday, of its first aircraft designed with stealth technology, which makes the plane invisible to radar systems.
"We have made sure that everything goes according to the plan. We have high hopes of developing a domestic fighter and of developing the whole aircraft industry in the future," Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, who oversaw the test, said.
During the first ground test, the aircraft traveled a distance of 500 meters (0.3 miles) on a runway at a speed of 62 miles per hour.
It is expected to complete its maiden flight in March.