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June 2, 1969

Military

Fighter Modernization Top Western Goal

Military

Viggen Avionics Will Perform Varied Roles

Avionic Systems

Modest Gains Seen for European Avionics

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Military

Fighter Modernization Top Western Goal

Most Western air forces have forged sweeping re-equipment plans for their tactical air fleets of the 1970s and modernization is emerging as the top military goal of these countries during the next 10 years. Manufacturers who can produce an all-purpose fighter and sell it for less than $3 million will capture a substantial share of the non-communist market, which currently is estimated at 6,000 aircraft during the next decade.
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Military

Viggen Avionics Will Perform Varied Roles

Stockholm—Sweden’s new AJ-37 Viggen attack aircraft, slated to become operational in 1971, will be west Europe’s first operational military aircraft to be designed from the start as a weapons system with concurrent effort on airframe, engine and an integrated avionics system.
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Avionic Systems

Modest Gains Seen for European Avionics

Many West European companies expect 1969 deliveries of avionics and defense electronics equipment will be modestly higher than last year although there are a few French and Swedish companies who expect a slight drop. Their problem results from a lack of new airframe programs, stretch-outs in existing projects and export constraints imposed by the French and Swedish governments.

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Apollo 10 Lunar Mission

Lunar Module Proves Capabilities

Experience gained by Apollo 10 vital for training Apollo 11 crew members for first attempt at landing on moon in July

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Space

Europe's Avionics Firms Fear Space Losses

The eagerness of West Europe’s avionics industry to participate in space programs has begun to cool in some companies, especially at top management levels where there is concern about the financial return on invested resources. This is a marked change from the situation four years ago when AVIATION WEEK & SPACE TECHNOLOGY visited several dozen major avionics producers on the Continent.
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Special Report: The 1970s: Challenge in the Marketplace

New Strategies Needed as Competition, Costs Grow in Burgeoning Aerospace Market

Immense world-wide aerospace markets are forecast for the next decade as commercial and general aviation growth rates continue to surge and the need for modernization generates new requirements across the entire spectrum of military aircraft and weapons.
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Airlines

Europeans Close U.s. Ground Navaid Lead

West European avionics companies have closed the technology gap, and in some instances even reversed it, in the field of ground-based navigation and traffic control aids. Now they are beginning to compete for the U.S. domestic market as they expand their export sales goals.
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Space

Missile Work Hampered in France By Shortage of Funds

Paris—French missile programs are suffering seriously from a lack of funds. Requirements for missiles during the next decade—along with research and and development programs designed to meet these requirements—abound. But neither the French government nor industry presently has the money to carry most of these programs past the development stage.
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Military

Europeans Push Air Defense Development

Widespread activity in air defense systems, especially for use against low-flying aircraft, is underway in a number of western European avionics companies, from Italy to Sweden. The reason for this keen interest, according to one industry official, is that “most of us have had first-hand experience with air attacks, or we have been geographically close observers.”
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Apollo 10 Lunar Mission

Apollo 10 Fills Critical Lunar Flight Gaps

Houston—Apollo 10 mission accomplished its primary aims in providing quantitative operational data on the spacecraft and tracking experience needed to ensure a high probability of success for the planned lunar landing this summer. The eight-day mission by USAF Col. Thomas P. Stafford and Navy Cmdrs. John W. Young and Eugene A. Cernan closed the critical final gaps that National Aeronautics and Space Administration mission planners believed still remained after the successful manned flights of Apollos 7, 8 and 9.

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