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November 29, 1999

HEADLINE NEWS

Manned Program Advances Chinese Space Technology

HEADLINE NEWS

Israel Builds Chinas First Awacs Aircraft

HEADLINE NEWS

‘New BAe’ Draws on U.S. Merger Lessons

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HEADLINE NEWS

Manned Program Advances Chinese Space Technology

Unmanned test reveals multibillion-dollar investment; Chinese military lauds significance

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HEADLINE NEWS

Israel Builds Chinas First Awacs Aircraft

WASHINGTON The commander of Chinas air force, Lt. Gen. Liu Shunyao, and the nation’s president, Jiang Zemin, have both said this month that the air service will change from a relatively immobile, short-range force, dedicated to defending the air space around its major bases, to a modern military arm capable of projecting power across borders and oceans.

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‘New BAe’ Draws on U.S. Merger Lessons

LONDON The “New BAe,” to be created this week when British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems complete their merger, employs an innovative management model intended to avoid the pitfalls experienced by U.S. companies. The four-part structure, with two chief operating officers, was decided upon following a study of mergers outside of the aerospace and defense sector, as well as those megamergers within the sector.

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Starsem Bets on Soyuz Upgrades

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, KAZAKHSTAN After successfully completing six flights in its first year of operations, the French-Russian Starsem joint venture plans to expand the capabilities of its Soyuz launcher. Those efforts are critical as Starsem tries to attract new customers that have been slow to materialize.

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NASA Set for Visit to Mars Polar Region

LOS ANGELES NASA’S Mars Polar Lander (MPL) is scheduled to arrive at Mars this week, making the space agency’s fourth Martian landing and what would be its first lander mission in a polar region of the planet. The spacecraft is scheduled to land Dec. 3 in a broad area of sedimentary ice and dust called the Martian Polar Layered Deposits, located about 800 km. (500 mi.) from the south pole.

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U.K. Lets Carrier Design Contracts

LONDON The U.K. Ministry of Defense has awarded contracts to British Aerospace and Thomson-CSF for studies to define its future large-deck carriers, and designated Marconi Electronic Systems—set to merge with BAe this week— as prime contractor for new Type 45 air defense destroyers.

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French-Indian Smallsat Ok'd

Paris India and France plan to develop, build and launch a small scientific satellite intended to enhance the understanding of tropical weather and climate systems. The mission, dubbed Megha Tropiques, was given preliminary approval on Nov. 21 by French space minister Claude Allegre and Vasundhara Raje, India’s minister for small-scale industry.

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Strike Fighter Contest Begins

Perth, Australia The long-awaited competition to replace Australia’s 71 F/A-18A/Bs, 21 F-111C and 14 F-111G strike aircraft has been unofficially launched at the country’s recent Control of the Air Conference in Canberra. “They’ve blown the whistle and the game has started,” Air Commodore Garry Bates said in describing the launch to reequip the frontline aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
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Navy UHF Satellite Launched on Atlas IIA

Cape Canaveral A Lockheed Martin/International Launch Services Atlas IIA booster climbs into orbit from Pad 36B here in a time exposure of the Nov. 22 night launch of the Hughes/Navy UHF F1O spacecraft. It was the 45th straight success for the Atlas-Centaur.

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SIMULATION AND TRAINING

Boeing Hones Computer-based F-22 Fighter Training System

SEATTLE Boeing is building a computer-based training system for F-22 pilots and maintenance technicians aimed at providing effective and efficient instruction without going overboard on cost. Thorough training is critical to the F-22 program, as no two-seat version of the USAF air superiority fighter is being built.

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