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September 20, 1999

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GAO Hits Comanche Development Plan

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USAF Sizes Up Next Electronic Combat Aircraft

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Floyd Disrupts Space, Aviation Operations

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GAO Hits Comanche Development Plan

NEW YORK A General Accounting Office report has ripped the Army and its aviation procurement plans, charging that the program to develop and field the Comanche reconnaissance/attack helicopter is ill-structured to meet its cost, development and risk-reduction goals.

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USAF Sizes Up Next Electronic Combat Aircraft

Kosovo highlighted the demand for intelligence and EW aircraft to keep up with a relentless operational pace

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Floyd Disrupts Space, Aviation Operations

CAPE CANAVERAL After pounding islands in the northern Caribbean, Hurricane Floyd threatened billions of dollars worth of unique space hardware and facilities, forced the cancellation of more than 2,000 airline flights and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of military and general aviation aircraft.

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Pacific, DASA Reveal Broadband Venture

PARIS Aspate of new projects, including one revealed by DaimlerChrysler Aerospace and Pacific Center Group of Hong Kong last week, reflect renewed signs of vigor in the broadband satellite sector, despite investor skittishness caused by problems with mobile satellite systems.

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U.S. Offers U.K. Joint Missile Deal

LONDON A U.S. offer to codevelop next-generation air-to-air missiles with the U.K. has raised the political stakes in the battle to arm the Eurofighter, as well as highlighting the sharply contrasting paths to close the technology gap between the U.S. and Europe.

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MCO Prepares to Enter Mars Orbit

Los Anaeles A second NASA spacecraft will enter orbit around Mars this week to prepare for a nearly two-year study of Martian weather and serve as a communications relay link for another science probe scheduled to land on the planet in about two months, according to space agency plans.

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Short-, Medium-range Missiles Are Increasing Threats to U.s.

Washington The U.S. soon may face ballistic missile threats launched from medium or short ranges, the CIA says, which could negate the effectiveness of a national missile defense system. Some U.S. military planners are concerned about the land-based National Missile Defense program, because it cannot defeat shorter range threats, only intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

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Late Start Slips First Nh-90 Helicopter Delivery to 2004

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE After an uncertain outlook stemming from military budget constraints, the European NH-90 transport/frigate helicopter is poised to enter production. During the next few weeks, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands are set to conclude an agreement outlining their combined procurement strategy.

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Orbimage and Spot Link Up; Ikonos Readied for Launch

WASHINGTON Orbital Sciences Corp.’s OrbImage subsidiary and France’s Spot Image have agreed to sell each other’s imagery in select markets, a move that will substantially broaden the offerings of both companies. The five-year agreement gives Spot Image a foothold in the emerging commercial market for high-resolution satellite imagery and provides OrbImage with access to wide-field-of-view imagery.

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Humanitarian Efforts Escalate in East Timor

PERTH, AUSTRALIA Air drops of food and supplies to 300,000 refugees hiding in the mountains of the Indonesian province of East Timor were scheduled to start late last week, as 7,000 United Nations peacekeeping troops under Australian leadership amassed in Darwin, Australia, to prepare for a move into the strife-torn area.

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