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January 6, 1997

Aviation Week & Space Technology

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Russia Dependent Upon U.S. Resupply of Mir

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Advanced KH-11 Broadens U.S. Recon Capability

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f-22 sucks. DENVER AIRPORT STILL WORKING TO PROVE ITSELF.

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Russia Dependent Upon U.S. Resupply of Mir

Shuttle flights to Mir are laying groundwork for future cooperation, but have become the station's supply lifeline

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Advanced KH-11 Broadens U.S. Recon Capability

CAPE CANAVERAL The launch of an advanced version of the KH-11 imaging reconnaissance satellite on a Titan 4 from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Dec. 20, completes a new three-spacecraft constellation that uses an uprated model of the optical spacecraft operated by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

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USAF Contains F-22 Cost Rise

WASHINGTON The flyaway cost of an F-22 is going up by $2 million, production of the stealth fighter is to be cut in half for five years, and the decision to start full-rate production will be delayed by nine months, according to Pentagon officials.

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Comanche Avoids 1998 Budget Cut

WASHINGTON NEW YORK The Army's RAH-66, at least for the moment, appears to have avoided a recommendation for cancellation by the Pentagon’s Defense Resource Board. The program had been “put on the table” for cancellation before Christmas to help compensate for a last-minute $600-million cut to get the Fiscal 1998 budget in shape for submission to the White House in late January, according to military and aerospace officials.

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Cost Drives Eelv Wins

Cost has been an overriding factor in the Pentagon's recent awards of major contracts, and the Air Force’s selection of Lockheed Martin and McDonnell Douglas as finalists to build a new family of U.S. launch vehicles was no exception. The two companies have been awarded $60-million contracts to continue work on their designs for the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV).

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Russian Space Chief Voices Dire Warnings

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U.K., France Study Future Strike Aircraft

LONDON The U.K. has signed an agreement with France to jointly pursue a technology demonstration program for weapon systems related to a Future Offensive Air System (FOAS), which is to be the subject of a $58-million feasibility study.

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U.S.' Last A-6 Squadron Launched From Carrier

On board the U.S.S. Enterprise After nearly 34 years in service, the A-6 Intruder long-range, all-weather attack aircraft has been launched from a U.S. Navy carrier for the last time. The bull-nosed aircraft debuted as a state-of-the-art bomber, capable of carrying missiles and 10 tons of bombs and flying at low-altitude to a target 1,000 mi. away.

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NASA Maintaining Vigilance Against Any Potential Russian Espionage

Kennedy Space Center NASA managers are maintaining vigilance to guard against any potential Russian espionage activities in connection with growing Russian dependence on the U.S. for Mir station operations and the even greater Russian cooperation needed to develop and operate the new international space station as it is planned.

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Russia Launches Controversial Life Sciences Mission

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