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August 14, 2000

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Testing, Testing, Testing Puts F-22 Budget At Risk

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Aerospace Giants In C-130X Pursuit

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Russian Shakeup Draws Mixed U.S. Assessment

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WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Testing, Testing, Testing Puts F-22 Budget At Risk

Defense industry's software 'brain drain' also jeopardizes future of stealth fighter, other programs

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WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Aerospace Giants In C-130X Pursuit

WASHINGTON A U.S. Air Force initiative to upgrade the avionics on older C-130s is pitting the major aerospace companies against each other in the hunt for the multibillion-dollar contract. But for one competitor—BAE Systems North America—the competition also serves as a litmus test to determine if the Pentagon will seriously consider it as a prime contractor even though the parent company is headquartered in the U.K.

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WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Russian Shakeup Draws Mixed U.S. Assessment

WASHINGTON Russia’s military shakeup and putative shift toward conventional modernization is receiving mixed assessments. U.S. strategic experts variously interpret the upheaval as a classic power struggle, a potential loss to nuclear arms control, a boost to nuclear security or a straightforward injection of younger officers into aging ex-Soviet ranks.

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WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

C-5 Reengining Should Boost Performance, Reliability

NEW YORK General Electric's CF680C2 turbofan has been selected by Lockheed Martin as the powerplant that will be used to reengine the U.S. Air Force's 126 C-5 Galaxy transports. As many as 504 engines plus spares, nacelles and thrust reversers worth a potential $2.6 billion could be procured under the RERP, or reliability enhancement and reengining program.

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WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

NMD Booster Woes Prompt Options Search

WASHINGTON Development of a ground-based interceptor for the national missile defense system is quickly becoming one of the major technical challenges for the program and potentially opens the door to a competing booster system. In addition to the technical glitch that caused the July 7 intercept failure in the last NMD flight test—involving Lockheed Martin’s surrogate booster—Boeing is experiencing major problems in getting its ground-based interceptor ready for flight testing.

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WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Russian Progress Resupplies ISS

CAPE CANAVERAL The first unmanned Progress tanker/transport to be launched to the International Space Station docked safely with the ISS last week, initiating years of planned Russian resupply operations. The Progress M1-3 spacecraft is carrying 5,354 lb. of dry cargo and liquid propellant, including critical hardware to outfit the ISS interior.

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WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

JASSM Tested For B-1B Deployment

DALLAS Engineers at the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma, Tenn., have completed a second round of experiments aimed at certifying the B-1B bomber to carry the service’s AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM).

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FIGHTING RUNWAY INCURSIONS

New Head-Up Tool Aims To Cut Runway Incidents

Pilots would have better guidance in poor visibility and not get lost in a sea of blue taxiway lights at night

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AIR TRANSPORT

Concorde Sparks Debate On Criminalizing Crashes

WASHINGTON U.S. aviation lawyers say the fatal Concorde crash calls attention to a potentially grave legal development: criminal prosecutions taking precedence over safety in the conduct of accident probes. Legal responsibilities—if any—for the July 25 Concorde disaster will be determined by a 47-member panel commissioned by a French court (AW&ST Aug. 7, p. 28).

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AIR TRANSPORT

BA Plans Concorde Ops Into Next Decade

LOS ANGELES and LONDON British Airways expects it will operate Concorde for another decade and is planning a service life extension in 2004 that would allow the aircraft to fly until 2011-12, despite the July 25 crash of an Air France Concorde.

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