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June 20, 1994

HEADLINE NEWS

Pentagon Divided Over Defeating Scuds

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Showdown Looms on Bomber Force

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Intercept Boosts Arrow's Prospects

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Pentagon Divided Over Defeating Scuds

WASHINGTON Pentagon officials estimate that at least 50% of North Korea's Scud missile force could now elude U.S. defenses and strike South Korea, although they believe the ballistic weapon's accuracy would be poor. But they are divided over how to beef up the U.S.'s aircraft-mounted defenses to improve the ratio of ballistic missile kills.

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Showdown Looms on Bomber Force

WASHINGTON The future of the U.S. bomber force is at stake this week in the Senate as lawmakers consider proposals to keep the B-2 production line warm and halt Air Force plans for deactivating B-52 bombers. Partisans are preparing for a showdown when the full Senate debates the Fiscal 1995 defense authorization bill.

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Intercept Boosts Arrow's Prospects

WASHINGTON The successful intercept and destruction of a surrogate tactical ballistic missile by an Israeli Arrow 1 has opened the way for further U.S. funding of the next phase of the theater missile defense program. During the June 12 test in Israel, an Arrow 1 missile acquired the target with its on-board sensor and steered to close proximity of the target, according to U.S. and Israeli officials.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Cae About to Ship First 777 Full Flight Simulator

MONTREAL CAE Electronics, Inc., has been working closely with Boeing to develop 777 simulators in parallel with the aircraft and expects to ship the first full flight simulator to the company in August. The full-flight simulator is scheduled to be ready for pilot training at Boeing on Dec. 1, according to Jean-Luc Pirotte, CAE test pilot.

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U.S./Russian Flights to Planets Discussed

LOS ANGELES The U.S. and Russia could mount a series of joint space science missions to Mars, Pluto and the Sun under a frame-work developed by a U.S/Russian technical team. The four-day session at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) focused on options for basic spacecraft components required to meet science requirements, as well as which country would provide those major elements.

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HEADLINE NEWS

OSC Offers Taurus 2 for Medium-Lift Role

DULLES, VA. The U.S. competition to develop a modern, medium-lift launcher has intensified with Orbital Sciences Corp.'s proposal for a new family of vehicles derived from its Taurus booster. OSC's Taurus 2 would be able to carry payloads in the class of America's Delta 2 and Titan 2 launchers and is to incorporate a German bipropellant upper stage originally designed for Europe's new Ariane 5.

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Anser Evaluates Russian Facilities

MOSCOW A com prehensive data base on the capabilities and characteristics of about 100 Russian wind tunnels and related Russian materials and flight test facilities is being completed by ANSER, a U.S.-based not-for-profit aerospace studies and analysis company.

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South Korea May Get Litton C3 System

BOSTON South Korea is considering providing its forces with a Litton command, control and communications system that can pinpoint the position of enemy artillery fire and direct counter battery fire even before the first incoming round hits its target.
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SPECIAL REPORT: OVERHAUL & MAINTENANCE

Competition Fuels Global O&M Industry

WASHINGTON Increasing use of contract overhaul and maintenance services is escalating competition among the airline industry, original equipment manufacturers and third-party service providers to capture a larger share of that emerging global market.

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Aerospace Daily

Ex-regulator Outlines Winning Merger Tactics

WASHINGTON/AVIATION WEEK GROUP Defense companies looking to acquire competitors should sound out federal regulators early, avoid confrontational strategies and seek the backing of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). They should also pick a credible corporate executive to state their case because regulators tend to believe executives more than lawyers.

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