August 6, 1956

CONTRACTORS

Contractors to Ardc

AVIONICS

Rome Modernizes Usaf Communications

AVIONICS

Reshaping Air Warfare, Traffic Control

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CONTRACTORS

Contractors to Ardc

A B C Steel Equipment Co., 666 Fifth Ave., New York, N. Y. A C F Electronics Div., 800 N. Pitt St., Alexandria, Va. A C F Industries, 299 State Hgwy., Paramus, N. J. A R D E Associates, Newark, N. J. Abrams Instrument Co., 600-62 E. Shiawassee, Lansing, Mich.
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AVIONICS

Rome Modernizes Usaf Communications

Griffiss AFB, N. Y.—Rome Air Development Center will soon launch the development of a large, complex electronic supporting system, signaling an all-out attack on one of the USAF's most pressing problems—communications. Air Force operations currently are handicapped by a communications system which has not kept pace with its increased global responsibilities and the pace of supersonic-nuclear warfare.
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AVIONICS

Reshaping Air Warfare, Traffic Control

Hanscom Field, Mass.—Exciting programs that promise to reshape the conduct of aerial warfare and air traffic control are under way at the Electronics Research Directorate (ERD) of the Air Force Cambridge Research Center (AFCRC). They fall into two broad categories:

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NUCLEAR SYSTEMS

Kirtland Gives Usaf Nuclear Delivery

Albuquerque, N. M.—Every first line fighter, bomber and offensive missile in the active USAF inventory today has the capability of delivering one or more types of nuclear weapons as a direct result of work done by the Air Force Special Weapons Center at Kirtland AFB.

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GEOPHYSICS

Geophysicists Survey Realm of Flight

Hanscom Field, Mass.—Victory in war often has gone to the side with the best maps. It is the purpose of the Geophysics Research Directorate of Cambridge Research Center to provide the Air Force with a “map” of its potential theater of operations—a vast four-dimensional region extending outward from the surface of the earth through the changing fluid atmosphere to unknown limits in the space beyond.
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WEAPON SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

Industry Role in New Weapons Increased

In the past year, the Air Research and Development Command has effected a revolution in its use of planning and management skills in an attempt to shorten the development cycle for new weapons. It is monitoring industry’s effort with the goal of getting the maximum return from America’s inventory of talent and facilities.

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AIRCRAFT AND PROPULSION

Edwards Makes Or Breaks Usaf Planes

Edwards AFB, Calif.—The Air Force Flight Test Center is the “make or break” station for USAF’s aircraft. Complete evaluation of a new weapon system here determines clearly how well manufacturers, subcontractors and other Air Research and Development Centers have done their jobs.

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ARMAMENT

Providing Airpower's 'cutting Edge'

Eglin AFB, Fla.—Until a year ago the Air Force Armament Center had one primary mission—testing new weapons. Since then it has been given the added task of swordsmith— developing the armament that Gen. Jimmy Doolittle called “the cutting edge of airpower.”

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MISSILES

Patrick Prepares for Ballistic Missiles

Patrick AFB, Fla.—The IRBM and ICBM test programs have triggered an explosive expansion at the Air Force Missile Test Center. During the next two years the center must approximately triple its present program capability to meet test requirements for hypersonic weapon systems with intercontinental ranges and to launch increasing numbers of shorter-range missiles.

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AIRCRAFT AND PROPULSION

Arnold’s Tunnels Test New Weapon Systems

Tullahoma, Tenn.—As each new wind tunnel is checked out at Arnold Engineering Development Center, aircraft contractors form a line, waiting to use it. Already the 70%-finished test center has contributed major aerodynamic and engine data to some of the country’s most important weapon programs—the ICBM, the Century Series fighters and the B-58 Hustler supersonic bombing system.

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