October 8, 2001

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Intel Aircraft Fan Out, Hunting or Targets

COVER STORY

Russia’s Top Designers Claim Antistealth Skills

COVER STORY

Sukhoi Projects Lead In Russia’s Fighter Battle

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Intel Aircraft Fan Out, Hunting or Targets

Space-based reconnaissance is shifted to back burner as airborne intelligence gains prominence

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Russia’s Top Designers Claim Antistealth Skills

MOSCOW and ZHUKOVSKY Russia’s surface-to-air missile designers say they’ve improved their products with greater range, improved lethality and the ability to detect stealth aircraft and missiles. Russia’s top surface-to-air missile (SAM) system builders, Antey Industrial Co. and Almaz Central Design Bureau, have developed, beginning in the 1950s, the air defense systems most battle-tested and feared by U.S. military planners.

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Sukhoi Projects Lead In Russia’s Fighter Battle

WASHINGTON The Sukhoi design bureau appears to have an early advantage in Russia’s fifth-generation fighter competition, with government officials indicating they may prefer the program reside with the well-established developer of the Su-27 and Su-30.

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QDR Became 'Pabulum' As Decisions Slid

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Vympel Battles To Maintain Air-to-Air Missile Lead

MOSCOW Russian researchers hope to achieve a major breakthrough soon in the development of a long-range, ramjet-powered, air-to-air missile, but engineers at the renowned Vympel State Machine-building design bureau are still wrestling with design issues that are slowing progress.

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NPO Mash Eyes Exports Of Satellite, Missile Package

MOSCOW Russia is pushing a high-speed, Mach 2.6 antiship missile system designed to be fired beyond line-of-sight to the target, leaving the attacked vessel little time to defend itself. NPO Mashinostroyenia intends to exploit its somewhat odd mix of missiles, satellites and launchers by drawing on all three product lines to create a long-range strike system.

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Europe Plans Launcher Revamp

TOULOUSE The European Space Agency is proposing a major overhaul of its launcher strategy, involving cooperation with Russia and the U.S., to meet the evolving market and make up for a lag in future reusable launch system development. The existing strategy, or at least the way it is being implemented, is no longer adapted to present-day conditions, acknowledged ESA’s new launcher director, Jean-Jacques Dordain.

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New Fighter, New Radar

WASHINGTON Despite a pronounced U.S. lead in active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar development, a key element of the F-22 and Joint Strike Fighter programs, Russia’s renowned Phazotron-NIIR radar house is pursuing its own version of the technology.

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Odds Called Only Even For ‘Fast-Track’ Trade Bill

WASHINGTON The Administration is attempting to use the terrorist crisis to drum up votes in Congress to restore the President's “fast-track” trade authority, but aerospace sources say odds are no better than 50-50 that lawmakers will act in time for a 142-nation trade summit in early November.

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Russians Admit Testing F-117 Lost in Yugoslavia

Mystery surrounded the ultimate fate of the aircraft. Now it has resurfaced as a research tool for missile designers

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