October 30, 1972

Editorial

The Military Reversal

Industry Observer

Aeronautical Engineering

Airpower Provides Viet Leverage

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Editorial

The Military Reversal

The impending cease-fire and military truce in Vietnam are the result of many changing values in that complex struggle. But the key to Hanoi’s current eagerness to end the fighting with a political settlement lies in what has transpired on the battlefields of South Vietnam and in the air over North Vietnam since last spring.

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Industry Observer

Air Force plans to flight-test what could evolve into a next-generation ballistic missile guidance system in piggyback test shots on board Boeing Minuteman missiles. The missile performance measuring system (MPMS) ostensibly is intended as a highly-accurate means of monitoring performance of Minuteman’s existing guidance system.
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Aeronautical Engineering

Airpower Provides Viet Leverage

Strikes play key role in forcing North to serious negotiations; cease-fire terms far short of its hopes for a military victory
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Aeronautical Engineering

Viggen Fighter Version Contracts Awarded

Contracts totaling $103.7 million on the Saab JA37 fighter version of the Viggen Mach 2 STOL aircraft have been awarded by the Swedish Defense Material Administration. They cover work to be performed up to Feb. 1, 1975, the approximate date of the aircraft's first planned flight.
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Aeronautical Engineering

French Navy Near Equipment Decisions

Le Bourget, France-French navy is on the verge of several major equipment procurement decisions, and a number of companies anticipate head-to-head competitions for some near-term items. The coming economic battles became evident at the French naval exposition here last week that was dominated by aerospace and avionics displays.

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Europeans Postpone Important Decisions on Space

Paris-European Space Conference failed to meet as tentatively scheduled Oct. 26, and there are indications now that formal meeting of conference ministers to decide the fates of the European launcher development program and European post-Apollo participation may not take place until late December.
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French Mirage 3Es to Get Atom Bombs, Martel Missiles

Paris-First AN-52 tactical atomic bombs have been delivered to the French air force and are expected to be operational on its Dassault-Breguet Mirage 3E fighter-bombers by early in 1973. Mirage 3E squadrons also will begin receiving Hawker Siddeley Dynamics/Engins Matra Martel anti-radar missiles at the beginning of next year, giving the aircraft a nuclear penetration and strike capability.
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New Business

Radiation, Inc., Palm Bay, Fla., a division of Harris-Intertype Corp., has been awarded a $7.4-million contract by U. S. Army Electronics Command to build a satellite communications station at Ft. Detrick, Md. for direct White HouseKremlin communications (AW&ST Aug. 21, 1972 p. 16).
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Noise Main Challenge in STOL Research

Moffett Field, Calif.-Short-takeoff-and-landing research to date is pointing at an externally blown flap aircraft with turbofan engines mounted over the wing as a promising candidate for a transport to help stave off the congestion crisis that will grip the nation by 1980 or earlier.

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Three Bid for NATO’s Phase 3 Satellite

Los Angeles-TRW Systems, Hughes Aircraft and Philco-Ford submitted proposals last week for development of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Phase 3 communications satellite program in a competition conducted for NATO by USAF’s Space and Missile Systems Organization (AW&ST July 17, p. 14).
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