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May 12, 1997

HEADLINE NEWS

Mishandling, Sabotage Eyed as Delta Explosion Cause

HEADLINE NEWS

Atlantis Readied for Critical Mir Resupply

HEADLINE NEWS

Defense Review Slashes F-22, F/A-18E/F Buy

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HEADLINE NEWS

Mishandling, Sabotage Eyed as Delta Explosion Cause

Potential mishandling of motor draws greatest suspicion in failure, but sabotage by gunfire cannot be ruled out

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HEADLINE NEWS

Atlantis Readied for Critical Mir Resupply

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER and MOSCOW Space shuttle Mission 84 is set to liftoff this week bound for Mir with the heaviest logistics load ever delivered to the station. It will carry substantial hardware to replace or repair Mir’s aging systems.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Defense Review Slashes F-22, F/A-18E/F Buy

But cuts may lead to additional purchases of derivative aircraft and next-generation Joint Strike Fighters

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HEADLINE NEWS

Five Iridium Satellites Placed in Orbit

LOS ANGELES Establishment of a planned 66-satellite constellation for the Iridium global communications system is underway with the launch of five of the spacecraft on a single McDonnell Douglas Delta 2 booster from Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Logicon Merger Fortifies Northrop Grumman Electronics

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HEADLINE NEWS

Suppliers Embark on Consolidation Paths

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HEADLINE NEWS

National Missile Defense to Get Big Funding Boost

Washington The Clinton Administration plans to add as much as $2 billion for U.S. National Missile Defense (NMD) efforts to beef up a test program that has been widely criticized as inadequate. The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) had planned just three NMD intercept tests through 1999.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Boeing-led Team Takes Share of Aero Vodochody

Los Angeles A joint venture of Boeing Enterprises, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace and CSA Czech Airlines is expected to become a strategic partner of Aero Vodochody, the Czech builder of L-39 and L-59 jet trainers and L-159 light attack aircraft.
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CHINA’S BUILDUP

China’s Military Seeks Great Leap Forward

Beijing arms modernization is in full swing—but China’s ultimate intentions remain unclear

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REGIONAL AIRLINES SPECIAL REPORT

More Small Jets Enter Regional Fleets

WASHINGTON Orders for small jet aircraft from U.S. regional airlines have accelerated in the past year and are expected to account for a growing share of the regional airline industry’s fleet over the next decades. The jets are increasingly popular with regional carriers because of their perceived passenger preference, higher speeds and greater range than older turboprops.

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