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September 14, 1987

AVIATION WEEK PILOT REPORT

B-1b Combines Brisk Low-altitude Handling, More Capable Avionics

B-1B AVIONICS

Defensive Systems to Undergo Full Flight Test in 1988

Air Transport

Ups Introduces 757 Freighters to Expand Service, Constrain Noise

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AVIATION WEEK PILOT REPORT

B-1b Combines Brisk Low-altitude Handling, More Capable Avionics

Dyess AFB, Tex.—The Rockwell International B-1B displays fighter-like performance in the low-altitude mission and landing pattern, with excellent agility and stability. This is a quantum improvement from the Boeing B-52 it will replace as the Air Force Strategic Air Command’s primary penetrating bomber.

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B-1B AVIONICS

Defensive Systems to Undergo Full Flight Test in 1988

Dyess AFB, Tex.—Defensive avionics systems performance for the Air Force/ Rockwell International B-1B aircraft is still largely unproven, but the Air Force believes that Eaton AIL Div.’s progress in software development for its AN/ALQ161 system will support the Air Force schedule for system flight test next year.
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Air Transport

Ups Introduces 757 Freighters to Expand Service, Constrain Noise

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STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE

Rockwell to Test Space-based Missile Interceptor for Sdi

Los Angeles—Rockwell International is set to complete a space-based interceptor (Sabir) experiment before mid-1990 that will help determine the feasibility of Sabir concepts and provide realistic data for studies being performed by Rockwell and Martin Marietta.

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KRASNOYARSK INSPECTION

Administration Disputes Findings of U.s. Visit to Soviet Radar

Washington—Data gathered in an unprecedented U. S. congressional and technical delegation visit to the Soviets’ top-secret Krasnoyarsk radar do not alter the U. S. charge the radar violates the 1972 Antiballistic Missile Treaty, the White House and State and Defense departments said last week.

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Aviation Week Pilot Report: B-1B Bomber

Reliability of B-1b Improves as Line Crews Gain Experience

Dyess AFB, Tex.—U. S. Air Force maintenance of the B-1B aircraft is overcoming the hurdles common to any new aircraft and is producing increasing numbers of operational and training flights. Maintenance personnel gave the B-1 high marks during discussions at the Strategic Air Command’s 96th Bombardment Wing (Heavy) based here.

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LAVI TERMINATION

Israelis Review Decisions That Led to Lavi Cancellation

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Lavi Termination

International Partners Sought to Complete Lavi

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Management

Harris Chief Warns of Economic Chaos If Manufacturing Continues Overseas Move

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STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE

Martin Lab Halves Time Needed to Retarget Space-based Laser

Los Angeles—Martin Marietta has reduced the time required to retarget a space-based laser by about 50% during simulator tests at the company’s rapid retargeting/precision pointing (R2P2) facility, while maintaining previous levels of laser-beam pointing accuracy.

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