October 16, 1972

Editorial

Future Air Armaments

Who's Where

Industry Observer

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Editorial

Future Air Armaments

(Gen. George A. Brown, commander of Air Force Systems Command, discussed air weapon needs before the Defense Preparedness Meeting of the American Ordnance Assn, at Eglin AFB, Fla., Oct. 4. Significant excerpts of his talk are presented below.
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Who's Where

In the Front Office Richard D. Freeman, vice president for business development for North American Rockwell Corp.’s Autonetics Div. Leonard Erb, vice president, business development, Litton Industries Guidance and Control Systems Div. Trade C.
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Industry Observer

Soviets have made a number of design changes on later test versions of the Tupolev Backfire variable-geometry strategic bomber (AW&ST Sept. 13, 1971, p. 16; Oct. 4, 1971, p. 13), indicating they plan to order it into production in the near future.
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Washington Roundup

Budget Outlook Defense Dept. Fiscal 1974 budget request to Congress will be somewhat higher than the $79.6 billion in new obligational authority submitted for the present fiscal year. Much of the increase will be absorbed by already-approved or planned military pay raises.

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DOD Funds Set at $75.7 Billion

House-Senate conferees vote $74.4-billion new appropriation, $1.3 billion in transfer funds; routine approval expected

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Japan’s Defense Budget Doubles Previous Plan

Japanese defense budget for the five-year period 1972-1976 is $16.5 billion, more than double the amount spent during the previous five-year plan, but $700-million less than requested by the Japanese Defense Agency. The budget plan was approved last week after prolonged cabinet debate.
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Soviets Seen Downgrading Space Congress

Vienna—Soviet Union will host next year’s International Astronautical Congress at Baku, Azerbaijan, following an uncharacteristically weak Russian showing at the 23rd congress held here last week. Only 21 Soviet delegates, including two cosmonauts, appeared at the Vienna meeting, and the performance of those who did participate evoked public complaints from some of the Western organizers.
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NASA Details Skylab Rescue Procedure at Space Congress

Vienna—Rescue capability is planned for the Skylab orbital workshop by means of a special kit installed in the command and service module. National Aeronautics and Space Administration intention to build the rescue capability into the mission was detailed at the 23rd International Astronautical Congress by Kenneth S. Kleinknecht, Skyab program manager.

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OTP Proposes ESRO Pick U. S. Aerosat Partner

Washington—Office of Telecommunications Policy (OTP) has acted to break a long impasse in the aeronautical satellite program by proposing that European Space Research Organization select a U. S. corporate partner with which it is prepared to proceed on development of a trial spaceborne system.

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Deadline Nears for European Entry in Post-Apollo Program

Paris—European Space Conference has not yet decided on European participation in the U. S. post-Apollo space program, despite the fact that it must do so before the end of the month if the National Aeronautics and Space Administration maintains the October deadline it has set (AW&ST July 24, p. 14).
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