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August 1, 1977

Special Reports: NATO Faces New Soviet Arms Buildup

Increasing Soviet Offensive Threat Spurs Stronger Europe Air Arm

Western Alliance Seeks to Update Nuclear Capability

Business Flying

Inexpensive Advanced Avionics Concepts Being Sought

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Special Reports: NATO Faces New Soviet Arms Buildup

Increasing Soviet Offensive Threat Spurs Stronger Europe Air Arm

Kaiserslautern, Germany—U. S. Air Forces Europe with headquarters at nearby Ramstein Air Base plans to increase its air assets greatly in this central region of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to meet the challenge of a growing Soviet and Warsaw Pact offensive air threat.

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Western Alliance Seeks to Update Nuclear Capability

Gen. Haig says achievement of parity with Warsaw Pact hampered by lack of medium-range missiles and aircraft

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Business Flying

Inexpensive Advanced Avionics Concepts Being Sought

Moffett Field, Calif.—National Aeronautics and Space Administration soon will invite industry proposals on the design, fabrication and testing of an avionics package to demonstrate concepts for low-cost advanced avionics systems for general aviation in the 1980s and beyond.

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Management

Options Studied for Expiration of Salt

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Aeronautical Engineering

Vertol Assured Full Lamps Evaluation

Philadelphia—Boeing Vertol officials believe they have “put to bed” the issue of helicopter commonality dictated by a Defense Dept. directive that could have threatened their Model 237 helicopter in the Navy’s light airborne multipurpose system (Lamps) Mk. 3 competition.

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Special Report: Western Canadian Carriers

Industry Poised for Recession Recovery

Vancouver, B. C.—Western Canada’s major air transport companies are in a state of realignment, expansion and innovation as this nation edges toward a belated recovery from persistent recession and prepares for accelerated development of its huge energy resources.

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Space Technology

Shuttle Orbiter Cleared for Free Flight

Edwards AFB, Calif.—Third and final manned flight of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Rockwell International space shuttle orbiter mated to its Boeing 747 carrier aircraft last week has cleared the way for the orbiter’s first free flight, which now is scheduled for Aug. 12.

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Aeronautical Engineering

E-4b Seen Meeting Time and Cost Goals

Seattle—Turnaround in the health of the advanced airborne command post program is mirrored in optimism here that the USAF/Boeing E-4B development can be completed somewhat under budget and ahead of schedule. Despite developments that raised some costs above the levels projected when the program was restructured last year (AW&ST July 5, 1976, p. 14), Marvin E. Eisenbach, the Boeing E-4B program manager, predicted a cost underrun for the total development program.

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Space Technology

Shuttle Payloads Filled to August, 1981

Washington—National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Space Transportation System Operations Branch is now saturated with space shuttle payloads for missions extending into August, 1981. Payload sponsors exceeding the currently known group may have to launch their spacecraft on expendable boosters by the end of 1980 or wait until additional shuttle missions are available.

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Avionics

U. S. Rejects British Mls Challenge

Washington—Federal Aviation Administration has declined a British challenge to test the azimuth/localizer portion of the U. S. scanning-beam microwave landing system at the Brussels airport because of present plans for test of a complete system at several U. S. airports (AW&ST July 18, p. 23).

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