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March 29, 1999

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Nato Vows Air Strikes Will Go the Distance

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USAF Targets Engine Mishaps

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Military Space Dominates Air Strikes

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Nato Vows Air Strikes Will Go the Distance

B-2s see combat for the first time in a potentially open-ended air campaign that tests the limits of airpower

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USAF Targets Engine Mishaps

NEW YORK U.S. Air Force officials are examining ways to accelerate product improvements into the services' F110 and F100 engine fleets in response to six, non-fatal engine-related class-A mishaps that occurred in USAF F-l6s between November 1998 and February 1999.

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Military Space Dominates Air Strikes

Military and civilian spacecraft from many nations are supporting NATO attacks on Yugoslavia in the most extensive use of space systems to date by military forces in combat. More than 50 U.S. and European spacecraft, many of them originally developed to support NATO operations in Europe against the Warsaw Pact, are directly involved in NATO coordination, intelligence and strike operations.

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Congress Rips Sbirs Cutbacks

COLORADO SPRINGS The U.S. Air Forces decision to slip the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) missile warning program as a near-term money-saving measure aggravated by recent cost growth has drawn intense Criticism from Congress, prompting a Pentagon reevaluation.

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U.S. Adopts ‘Tactical’ Space Control Policy

COLORADO SPRINGS Responding to congressional demands for a coherent military “space control” policy, the Clinton Administration is pursuing a relatively benign approach to “negation,” focusing on nonlethal, reversible effects—such as jamming of data links—rather than destroying satellites in orbit.

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China Critic Condemns ‘Overzealous’ Export Controls

ARLINGTON, VA. One of the harshest congressional critics of American satellite builders’ dealings with China extended an olive branch last week, offering to work with industry to alleviate “draconian regulatory changes” that could destroy U.S. competitiveness.

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Delta III Changes Made to Ensure Nozzle Deployment

LOS ANGELES Boeing officials have made some design changes to the Delta III launcher aimed at ensuring successful deployment of the vehicle’s second-stage extendible nozzle under marginal operating conditions. The modifications resulted from a test series conducted at the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) following the failed launch attempt of the first Delta III booster last year.

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Boeing Wins UCAV Contract

Washington The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has picked Boeing to build an unmanned combat aerial vehicle to prove it is possible to have an operational UCAV by 2010 capable of destroying enemy air defenses in a high-threat environment as well as carrying out other strike missions.

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Balloonists Burst Records

LONDON The Anglo-Swiss team of Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones set several records in their successful attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a hot air balloon. The Federation Aeronautique Internationale is verifying the new records established by the crew of the Breitling Orbiter 3 for distance traveled, duration of flight and the fastest time around the world nonstop, without refueling, in a hot air ballon.

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Upgraded Mi-24VM Helo Makes First Demo Flight

Moscow A prototype of the upgraded Mi-24VM attack helicopter, with a night-vision-compatible cockpit, has made its first demonstration flight in preparation for further flight tests in May. The first of two prototypes commissioned by the Russian Ministry of Defense will undergo flight worthiness testing.

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