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March 8, 1999

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Navy Spying Masked By Patrol Aircraft

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Boeing Seeks New Etops Guidelines

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Dassault Aviation Strives to Remain Independent

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Navy Spying Masked By Patrol Aircraft

WASHINGTON For well over a decade, the U.S. Navy has been operating two small squadrons of what appear to be innocuous P-3 patrol aircraft but in fact are state-of-the-art sentinels packed with a multitude of classified sensors. The nondescript aircraft, which can monitor the sea lanes virtually anywhere in the world, rouse little notice or comment from those who see them in the air or on the runway.

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Boeing Seeks New Etops Guidelines

The airframe maker contends current rules are obsolete and favor four-engine transports on long-range routes

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Dassault Aviation Strives to Remain Independent

VAUCRESSON, FRANCE Dassault Aviation will soon complete a wide-ranging in-house restructuring meant to increase the company’s competitiveness, facilitate agreements with partners and, in the longer term, float additional shares in France or in the U.S.

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U.K.’s Astor Eyed as NATO Springboard

LONDON A decision is expected within the next month in the U.K.’s $1.2-billion Airborne Stand-Off Radar (Astor) competition, one that would give the winner a significant edge in meeting a similar NATO requirement. British officials would like to select a contractor before the NATO meeting in May to consider the next steps toward meeting a long-standing alliance-wide requirement for airborne ground surveillance.

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Franco-Russian Mission to Prepare Way for ISS

PARIS and TOULOUSE, FRANCE A Franco-Russian mission to Mir may prove to be a swan song for the Russian orbital facility, but it is expected to provide invaluable experience for subsequent operation of the International Space Station (ISS), according to European space officials.

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Kistler Foresees RLV Flight in 2000

SEATTLE Kistler Aerospace Corp. is building the first K-1 reusable launch vehicle and two spaceports. A flight in early 2000 is planned. The company has raised $500 million of the $750 million it says it needs to design, develop and operate the RLV system, which is intended to deliver satellites into low-Earth orbit (AW&ST June 30, 1997, p. 53).

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F-22 Faces Additional Technical, Cost Hurdles

WASHINGTON The U.S. Air Force is grappling with a new set of technical complications on the F-22 development program even as it tries to rein in costs to stay within Congressionally mandated caps. Several problems have been identified such as the installation of the Pratt & Whitney F119 engine, and manufacturing of the wing-assembly and some composite parts.

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L-3 Extends Acquisition Streak to Include Aydin Corp.

New York In a transaction valued at less than 1 times sales, L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. plans to purchase struggling Aydin Corp. and thus broaden its participation in the telemetry and instrumentation and communications markets.

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Ariane Resumes Launch Schedule

PARIS and LONDON After a one-month hiatus due to a technical glitch on the Ariane 4 booster, Arianespace resumed operations on Feb. 26, with its first launch of the year. The launch, by an Ariane 44L rocket with four liquid-propellant strap-on boosters, orbited Arabsat 3A, a digital TV/telecom satellite, and Skynet 4E, the latest addition to the U.K.’s military telecom satellite network.
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Roton Test Craft Rolled Out

MOJAVE, CALIF. Rotary Rocket Co. rolled out its Atmospheric Test Vehicle here on Mar. 1 and plans to have it flying in mid-April. The Atmospheric Test Vehicle (ATV) is to test the approach and landing of the company’s Roton reusable single-stage-to-orbit launcher design.

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