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September 16, 1968

Avionics

Augmented Inertial System Use to Grow

Special Report: British Aerospace Industry

U.k., Germany Vie for Lead in Advanced Fighter Effort

Special Report: British Aerospace Industry

Concorde Flight Test Targets Programed

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Avionics

Augmented Inertial System Use to Grow

Los Angeles—Military aircraft will be making greater use of augmented inertial navigation systems in the future as they attempt to achieve the high accuracies needed for weapon delivery, reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare. Pure inertial navigators which have come into widespread use aboard high-performance aircraft in recent years do not show promise of offering accuracies of several hundred feet or less, often desirable for these difficult missions.

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Special Report: British Aerospace Industry

U.k., Germany Vie for Lead in Advanced Fighter Effort

Munich—Great Britain and West Germany are jockeying for lead position in the European advanced fighter sweepstakes, and major aerospace companies in both countries are gambling that heavy involvement now will pay off in the future. The project currently involves two related activities:

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Special Report: British Aerospace Industry

Concorde Flight Test Targets Programed

Filton, England—Anglo-French Concorde supersonic transport, with two prototypes now being readied for first flights, will not make its initial runs at Mach 2 until eight months after start of flight testing, based on firm plans revealed to 16 customer airlines.
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Equipment

New Inlet Control System May Aid Sst

Columbus, Ohio—Unusual engine inlet control system that uses radioactivity to sense position of inlet shock waves shows promise of significantly improving operation of supersonic aircraft. The radioisotope inlet control system, designed and developed here by Industrial Nucleonics Corp., would be used primarily with mixed compression, supersonic inlets of the type planned for Boeing’s supersonic transport and used on the USAF/North American Rockwell XB-70.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Aging Designs Revamped for Raf's Needs

U.K. government emphasis on NATO role results in strong stable of first-line fighters, but threatens 1970s strike capability

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Special Report—Air War in Vietnam

U.s. Presses Independent Role for Vnaf

Effort to transform South Vietnamese into highly capable force includes modernization, reduction of USAF advisory activity

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Special Report: British Aerospace Industry

U.k. Aerospace Exports Near Peak

Solid backlog of domestic orders also bolstering industry, but major 1970s problem of hardware projects lag remains

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Avionics

Aerospace Systems Role Grows for Plated Wire Memory Stacks

St. Petersburg, Fla.—Decreasing cost and the need for higher performance are enabling plated wire memory systems to supersede ferrite core arrays in missile and spaceborne data processing equipment in the Apollo, Poseidon and Titan programs.

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Space Technology

Britain's Stand Clouding Europa 2 Effort

Paris—British refusal to increase its current contribution to the European Launcher Development Organization to help cover a projected $50 million overrun of ELDO’s authorized budget ceiling is complicating an already serious crisis in the organization’s program to develop the operational Europa 2/PAS launcher by 1971.

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Special Report: British Aerospace Industry

Tighter Control Speeds Bac 111 Delivery

London—New management techniques at British Aircraft Corp.’s Weybridge Div. have resulted, in earlier deliveries of the BAC 111 twin-jet transport series. They also have led to a harder look at outside finance for export sales and a concentration on new and salable versions of the airplane.
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