December 28, 1970

Defense Procurement

Military Procurement Again Facing Cuts

Air Transport

Airlines Stress Perfection to Suppliers

Aeronautical Engineering

Powerplant, Airfoil Research Emphasized

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Defense Procurement

Military Procurement Again Facing Cuts

Washington—Inflation costs and increased military pay rates will again cut into the available Pentagon procurement dollars in 1971 as the Nixon Administration continues to evaluate the future U.S. strategic and tactical defense posture in the face of the growing threat from the Soviet Union and Communist China.
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Air Transport

Airlines Stress Perfection to Suppliers

Washington—Threat of severe losses this year is forcing the airline industry to adopt stiff cost control measures, which are increasing the carriers’ demands for near perfection from their suppliers. In the past, individual airlines had tended to accept occasional deficient products from suppliers as inevitable accidents in the purchasing market.
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Aeronautical Engineering

Powerplant, Airfoil Research Emphasized

Powerplant and advanced airfoil technologies will probably prove to be the next major focal points for significant advances in aircraft performance. Gains in both these technological areas would cost little compared to any new aircraft program, and the payoffs could be significant for future civil and military aircraft.
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Avionics

Military Concentrating on Reliability; Cost

Washington—Military avionics market in the 1970s will see increased emphasis on “sound-engineering rather than on the ‘imagineering’ which dominated our sense of values during the decade following Sputnik,” according to one Pentagon official.
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Business Flying

Manufacturers Foresee No Sales Growth

Slowdown in the nation’s economy will continue to show itself throughout calendar 1971 in decreased manufacturing and lower sales of business and general aviation aircraft. Manufacturers expect 1971 total sales volume to be no better than that of 1970, with the likelihood that totals will drop 5-10% below 1970, or about half that of 1969 (AW&ST Dec. 21, p. 22).
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Space Technology

Reusable Shuttle Program Paces U.S. Effort in Space

Efforts to advance the concept of a reusable space shuttlecraft will continue to pace the planning of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the foreseeable future. The space agency is expected to ask President Nixon for a Fiscal 1972 budget of about $3.4 billion, some $200 million more than the agency is operating under in the current fiscal year.
December 211970 January 41971