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January 29, 1979

U.S. Air Force Research and Development: Changing Patterns

Versatile Fighter Capabilities Emerge

Technology Spurs Weapon Gains

U.S. Air Force Research and Development: Changing Patterns

Variety, Cost, Key to Munitions Plans

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U.S. Air Force Research and Development: Changing Patterns

Versatile Fighter Capabilities Emerge

Washington—Burgeoning technology brought about by Air Force and aerospace industry initiatives across the broad spectrum of air vehicles, avionics and weapons is placing the U.S. at the threshold in revolutionary tactical fighter designs for the 1990s, and the manufacturing techniques to produce them.
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Technology Spurs Weapon Gains

Washington—Technology now in the embryonic stages is emerging from U. S. Air Force research and development laboratories and the aerospace industry which will radically change the patterns of weapons system development and acquisition.

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U.S. Air Force Research and Development: Changing Patterns

Variety, Cost, Key to Munitions Plans

Eglin AFB, Fla.—New Air Force priority to provide a wide range of tactical air delivered munitions to counteract Warsaw Pact numerical superiority in aircraft, armor and surface-to-air missiles is emphasizing jointly developed, low-cost precise weapons capable of multiple kills. The Armament Development and Test Center here is the focal point for this effort.
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U.S. Air Force Research and Development: Changing Patterns

Forward-looking Technology Explored

Griffiss AFB, N.Y.—Focal point for planning and executing USAF research, exploratory development and advanced development for command, control, communications and intelligence (C3I) capabilities is Rome Air Development Center, which is bringing forward-looking technology to bear on five major technical planning objectives.

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U.S. Air Force Research and Development: Changing Patterns

Intelligence Fusion, Distribution Pushed

Hanscom AFB, Mass.—U.S. Air Force’s Electronic Systems Div. here is responding to the challenge of fusing intelligence information from multiple sources and making it available in near real time through effective command, control and communications systems to aid field commanders in making informed decisions.
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U.S. Air Force Research and Development: Changing Patterns

Cruise Missile Flight Testing Stressed

Edwards AFB, Calif.—Unmanned cruise missile flight testing is getting heavy emphasis over traditional manned aircraft test activities here as the U. S. Air Force Flight Test Center emerges from a period of intense activity on new fighter, bomber and attack aircraft programs and heads into a competitive flyoff of strategic air-launched cruise missile candidates.

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U.S. Air Force Research and Development: Changing Patterns

Electronic Technology Aims Changed

Hanscom AFB, Mass.—Rome Air Development Center’s Deputy for Electronic Technology is placing increased emphasis on command, control, communications and intelligence (C3I) in line with the goals of the parent command, Electronic Systems Div.
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U.S. Air Force Research and Development: Changing Patterns

Three Programs Key in Strategic Effort

Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio—U. S. Air Force Aeronautical Systems Div. Strategic Systems Program Office here is reaching critical milestones in the development of three weapons systems that could be pivotal in maintaining a U. S. nuclear deterrent through the turn of the century.
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U.S. Air Force Research and Development: Changing Patterns

Advanced Bomber, Missile in Definition

Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio — U. S. Air Force is in the earliest stages of defining a new strategic manned bomber and advanced technology cruise missile. Both could be operational by the early 1990s to replace the Boeing B-52 or cruise missile system currently under development.

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U.S. Air Force Research and Development: Changing Patterns

Air Force Technical Plans Aimed at Next 20 Years

Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio—U.S. Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory here is currently emphasizing four programs that will contribute to the service’s technological base over the next two decades. The laboratory has formulated its current and planned technical programs looking forward 20 years at system requirements and emerging technology to meet expected future combat situations.

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