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April 25, 1988

HEADLINE NEWS

Army May Use Lhx Technology to Upgrade Current Production Fleet

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Mx Rail System Nears Full-scale Development

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Nasa Studies Extra Space Shuttle for Station Crew Emergency Rescue

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HEADLINE NEWS

Army May Use Lhx Technology to Upgrade Current Production Fleet

S.T. LOUIS The U.S. Army is formulating a plan that would use the advanced technology of its light experimental helicopter (LHX) development program to upgrade its current fleet of production aircraft in a multistage improvement program. “The LHX program is the technology carrier for the modernization of all current-production modernized Army helicopters,” Maj. Gen. Ronald K. Andreson, program manager for the LHX, said.

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Mx Rail System Nears Full-scale Development

WASHINGTON The Defense Acquisition Board is scheduled to recommend this week moving the MX rail-garrison program into full-scale engineering development. Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci, who has recommended eventually basing all 100 of the 10-warhead missiles the Air Force wants to procure in a rail-mobile system, is expected to approve the move.
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HEADLINE NEWS

Nasa Studies Extra Space Shuttle for Station Crew Emergency Rescue

WASHINGTON NASA is considering purchase of another space shuttle orbiter that could serve as a space station crew emergency rescue vehicle, an alternative to the expensive proposition of designing an entirely new rescue craft. Rear Admiral Richard H. Truly, NASA associate administrator for space flight, last week told a House panel that NASA is looking at a wide range of options for the assured return of a crew from the station.
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HEADLINE NEWS

Test Firing Indicates Booster Ring Design Can Tolerate Joint Flaws

LOS ANGELES The redesigned space shuttle solid rocket motor appears to have passed an important test last week showing the motor can tolerate manufacturing flaws. The new baseline design nozzle outer boot ring “looks great,” though NASA disclosed last week that a booster boot ring failed during a shuttle launch in October, 1985.
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HEADLINE NEWS

U.s. Air Force Will Expand Exotic Asat Technology

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Halt Requested on F-16 Flights Over Germany

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Germany Seeks Efa Budget Approval to Allow Development Go-ahead at Hanover

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HEADLINE NEWS

Navy/McDonnell Douglas T-45 Trainer Starts 19-month Flight Test Program

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AVIATION WEEK PILOT REPORT

Lantirn Provides Breakthrough in Night-fighting Capabilities

The U.S. Air Force’s low-altitude navigation and targeting infrared for night (Lantirn) system has matured substantially over the last few years, and has the potential to revolutionize tactical fighter operations by routinely denying enemy commanders an historical advantage—movement under cover of darkness—while greatly enhancing aircraft survivability.

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GERMAN AEROSPACE INDUSTRY

German Aerospace Restructures in Strength

ON THE EVE of the 17th Hanover Air Show ILA '88 which will be held from the 5th through 12th of May at the Hanover Airport, the German aerospace industry seems to be holding its own. Total employment has grown to the present figure of roughly 85,000 which is nearly 50 percent more than a decade ago.
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