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October 22, 1979

Missile Engineering

Missile Defense Gains Support

Avionics

Gallium Arsenide Transistor Use Grows

Air Transport

Concorde Performance Maturing

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Missile Engineering

Missile Defense Gains Support

Mutual assured destruction losing credence as deterrent with growing realization of U. S. vulnerability to Soviets

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Avionics

Gallium Arsenide Transistor Use Grows

Stateline, Nev.—Ability of gallium arsenide transistors to outperform silicon devices in several key areas portends a significant increase in the use of this compound semi-conductor in advanced radar, instrumentation, communication and data processing systems.

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Air Transport

Concorde Performance Maturing

British believe aircraft’s reliability and on-time rates approach acceptable levels in fourth year of operations

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Management

Defense Dept. Lists Top 100 Companies by Military Contract

Rank & Company U. S. Total Total, 100 Companies & their subsidiaries General Dynamics Corp. Datagraphix GmbH. General Dynamics Communications Co. Stromberg Datagraphix, Inc. Total McDonnell Douglas Corp. United Technologies Corp. AMBAC Industries Inc.
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Missile Engineering

Survivability, Accuracy, Yield Pressed for Minuteman

Offutt AFB, Neb.—Modernization of the U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) force is being implemented here by the Strategic Air Command to enhance survivability and improve warhead accuracy and yield. The improvement program for the USAF/Boeing Minuteman missiles is taking place as the U. S. enters an era of danger from a Soviet first strike nuclear attack within two years.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Koreans Seek New Military Air Capacity

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Space Technology

Closer Attention to Shuttle Needs Urged

Washington—Space shuttle program is in need of intensified top management attention to operational and developmental requirements and a much more realistic appreciation by the White House of inherent flight risks and funding needs, according to a shuttle project review group chartered by President Carter.

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Management

Germany Modernizing Defense Forces

West Germany’s defense modernization program, including new aircraft acquisition, will peak in 1983, when the defense budget is scheduled to reach $30 billion in current dollars. The modernization, calculated to cost about $77 billion, is expected to provide a new generation of weapons and equipment for the 1980s, and West Germany’s annual defense white paper calls for a major investment in military research and development to keep ahead of recent technological gains by Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact forces.

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Aeronautical Engineering

USAF, Navy Form Engine Task Force

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Space Technology

Voyager Data Reveal New Jovian Moon

Pasadena, Calif.—Continuing analysis of data returned by NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft during their Jupiter encounters earlier this year is yielding new findings—including the discovery of an additional Jovian moon. Existence of the tiny satellite—the planet’s 14th confirmed moon—was detected in narrow and wide-angle images of the Jovian ring taken by Voyager 2 on July 8 while the spacecraft was approximately 21 hr. from closest approach to Jupiter.

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