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December 12, 1988

HEADLINE NEWS

Unilateral Soviet Military Cutbacks Put West on Political Defensive

HEADLINE NEWS

Boeing Meets Delivery Schedule for New A-6e Composite Wings

HEADLINE NEWS

Rockwell Assembles X-31a Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability Test Aircraft

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HEADLINE NEWS

Unilateral Soviet Military Cutbacks Put West on Political Defensive

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HEADLINE NEWS

Boeing Meets Delivery Schedule for New A-6e Composite Wings

WASHINGTON Boeing delivered an A-6E composite wing to Grumman’s St. Augustine, Fla., facility in late November to maintain the revised schedule of two wings per month. Boeing Military Airplanes and the Navy worked out the revised schedule this summer.
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HEADLINE NEWS

Rockwell Assembles X-31a Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability Test Aircraft

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HEADLINE NEWS

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AVIONICS

Production Advances Allow Suppliers to Offer New Functions

ADVANCES IN manufacturing technologies and continuing development of new components have allowed suppliers to meet requirements for more and better in-flight electronic functions for military and commercial aircraft. However, more components combined with denser packaging are creating concerns about increased weight, heat and interconnections.
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HYDRAULICS

Hydraulics Suppliers Develop Technologies for Advanced Systems

HYDRAULICS EQUIPMENT makers have developed the technologies needed for the higher pressure, lighter weight systems for advanced aircraft. Still undecided, however, are what those pressures will be and which hydraulic fluids may be needed.
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STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS

Manufacturers Are Developing Improved Structural Systems

FASTENER MANUFACTURERS have developed improved systems for both metallic and composite aircraft structures that are stronger, lighter and — for composites — also meet radar reflection requirements. Fastener makers have recognized that while metal airframes will remain their largest market for the foreseeable future, they must provide systems to meet the increasing use of composites.
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U.S./USSR IN SPACE: THE QUEST FOR LEADERSHIP

Atlantis’ Radar Satellite Payload Opens New Reconnaissance Era

WASHINGTON The deployment of the $500-million Lacrosse imaging radar satellite by the space shuttle Atlantis shortly after launch Dec. 2 has opened a new era in U. S. strategic reconnaissance. Seconds after liftoff Atlantis executed a 140-deg.-roll maneuver toward a 57-deg. orbit confirming AVIATION WEEK & SPACE TECHNOLOGY’S first report that the flight would carry a radar reconnaissance space craft (AW&ST NOV. 7, p. 25).

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HELICOPTERS SUPPORT REFORGER

Maneuvers in Germany Prove Value of New Helicopters, Night Vision Gear

NEAR KITZINGEN, WEST GERMANY The U. S. Army is increasingly relying on helicopters to support allied armored forces in the event of war and meet the conventional Warsaw Pact threat in central Europe. The replacement of old helicopter types and use of new technologies such as improved battlefield sensors, night vision systems and command, control and communications are giving the U. S. Army a 24-hr. operational capability needed on a central European battlefield.

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AVIONICS

Norden Builds Compact Range to Test Advanced Antennas

NORWALK, CONN. United Technologies’ Norden Systems is completing a $6-million compact test range for advanced radar antennas here with a 25-ft.-long quiet zone. Norden will use the range to perform the precise pattern tests needed for the advanced antennas the firm is designing, including the 24-ft.-long Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) antenna.
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