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February 1, 1999

HEADLINE NEWS

Reconnaissance, Missile Defense Deemed Most Crucial Israeli Needs

HEADLINE NEWS

‘Info Warriors’ Given New Clout

HEADLINE NEWS

U.K. Launches Future Aircraft Carrier Studies

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HEADLINE NEWS

Reconnaissance, Missile Defense Deemed Most Crucial Israeli Needs

WASHINGTON Intense discussions are underway between Pentagon and Israeli officials about how to shore up the latter’s defenses if they give up the West Bank of the Jordan River. Two items high on Israel’s list of needs are ballistic missile defenses and improved electronic intelligence-gathering aircraft.

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‘Info Warriors’ Given New Clout

COLORADO SPRINGS Prompted by U.S. regional commanders-in-chief (Cincs) who are increasingly concerned about the rapid proliferation of threats to military computer and communications networks, the Defense Dept. has activated a Joint Task Force on Computer Network Defense to centralize one subset of “information operations.”

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U.K. Launches Future Aircraft Carrier Studies

LONDON The U.K. Ministry of Defense has launched a 4-year study effort for its planned new aircraft carriers, a program closely intertwined with the selection of a new carrier-borne aircraft. Six firms were invited to bid on the project last week: Boeing, British Aerospace Defense Systems, Lockheed Martin, Marconi Electronic Systems, Raytheon and Thomson-CSF.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Directv Aims to Finish Satellite Television Shakeout

WASHINGTON DirecTV’s planned buyout of rival Primestar would cap a tumultuous consolidation of the U.S. direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV industry, leaving two surviving competitors to fight for business and challenge cable operators.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Athena Fires Taiwan’s Satellite Into Space

CAPE CANAVERAL Taiwanese spacecraft ground controllers are beginning orbital check-out of Rocsat-1, Taiwan’s first spacecraft, launched here Jan. 26 on a Lockheed Martin Athena I booster. The mission is a major element in a multiyear, $500-million effort to stimulate Taiwanese aerospace development.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Zenit Prepared for Sea Trials

LOS ANGELES A Sea Launch Zenit booster has been raised to vertical launch position on the company’s sea-going platform for the first time (Photo No. 1). The two-stage Zenit, a Block DM upper stage and a demonstration payload and fairing were integrated for the Jan. 23 test at the Sea Launch home port in Long Beach, Calif.

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ADVANCED FIGHTER SAFETY

Automatic GCAS: ‘You Can’t Fly Any Lower’

An aggressive multinational test program demonstrated that advanced digital systems can prevent CFIT

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Stardust Ready for 7-year Trek to Collect, Return Comet Particles

LOS ANGELES NASA’S Stardust spacecraft is ready to begin a 7-year journey during which it will rendezvous with Comet Wild-2, collect particles from the debris cloud surrounding the nucleus and return the samples to Earth in 2006. Launch opportunities for Stardust at Cape Canaveral are scheduled to start on Feb. 6 on a Boeing Delta II 7426 and continue for the following 20 days, with a launch window each day of only 60 sec.

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ADVANCED FIGHTER SAFETY

Helmet Displays Boost Safety and Lethality

SEATTLE The U.S. Naval Air Weapons Center and Boeing’s Phantom Works are testing new image fusion concepts that build on the unique capabilities of upcoming helmet-mounted displays. Areas being evaluated include “X-ray vision” imagery that allows aircrews to “see” upcoming targets and defense sites through hills and ridges when flying terrain-masking routes.

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JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER

Boeing Redesigns Its Joint Strike Fighter

With production of thousands of aircraft at stake, Boeing scrambles to improve performance and cost

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