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By Rich Tuttle (richtut@aol.com)

By Rich Tuttle (richtut@aol.com)

The military services and the FAA often take different approaches to aviation safety issues, even if the aircraft concerned are similar or use common parts and materials, the General Accounting Office says in a new report.

The Jan. 22 report, Aviation Safety: FAA and DOD Response to Similar Safety Concerns (GAO-02-77), cites an example involving technologies to avoid collision with terrain. Here, the report says, the military has lagged about 20 years behind the FAA in requiring the installation of such technologies aboard passenger aircraft.

C-27J wins Italian military type certification 

The C-27J Spartan, jointly developed by Lockheed Martin and Alenia, won military type certification from Italy's ministry of defense on Dec.

20, Lockheed Martin said.

Honeywell wins AFSCN modernization contract 

Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (HTSI) has been named winner of a competition for the Air Force's Satellite Control Network Contract (SCNC).

The subsidiary of Honeywell Inc., which is in line to receive $1.22 billion for the work over the next 15 years, received a $522 million contract Dec. 18 from the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center The company was chosen over competitor Lockheed Martin. United Space Alliance, which was also vying for the work, dropped out of the competition in June.

Company: Renew effort to fly unmanned planes in national airspace 

The time is right for a new thrust to promote the use of remotely operated aircraft (ROA) in national airspace, according to a California company.

The company, American Technology Alliances of Redwood City, Calif. - one of hundreds responding to a post-Sept. 11 request to industry from the Department of Transportation on ways to increase security for a range of transportation modes, nuclear facilities and oil and gas pipelines - says the need is urgent for several reasons.

'Daisy cutter' proves effective, but has limitations 

The tactical utility of the 15,000-pound BLU-82/B "daisy cutter" bomb used in Afghanistan (DAILY, Dec. 13) is relatively limited, officials say.

Developed in the late 1960s by Sandia Lab and the Air Force Weapons Lab at Kirtland AFB, N.M., to clear helicopter landing zones in Vietnam, the weapon is fearsome but it is not precision-guided and must hit within 500 feet of its target to kill or incapacitate and cause material damage.

Northrop Grumman in flight test of cruise missile interceptor 

Northrop Grumman has conducted a flight test of the Miniature Air Launched Interceptor (MALI), intended to defeat cruise missiles.

The Dec. 11 test at the Naval Air Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., was the first subsonic free flight of the MALI using a new processor, the AIMS-II computer system that includes a communications data link, as well as a built-in inertial measurement unit, Northrop Grumman said Dec. 12. The vehicle was powered by the Hamilton Sundstrand TJ50 engine.

JDAM extension demonstrations preceded SSBREX tests 

A larger version of the range extension wing kit used by Boeing last week in tests of its Small Smart Bomb (DAILY, Dec. 11) has been used in tests of the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), a Boeing spokesman said Dec. 11.

The DiamondBack wing kit, developed by Alenia Marconi Systems and named for its shape, is folded out of an unpowered weapon after its release from an aircraft. The idea is to increase the range of the weapon.

Bush: War in Afghanistan gives glimpse of future U.S. military 

President Bush said Dec. 11 that the war in Afghanistan affords a view of the future of the U.S. military.

An unprecedented combination of nearly continuous monitoring of Taliban and Al Qaeda forces, precision-guided munitions, good intelligence and highly flexible special forces is leading to victory and is a harbinger of the future, he said.

LM to leave telecommunications services business 

Lockheed Martin's announcement Dec. 7 that it is getting out of the telecommunications business was greeted as good news by an industry analyst, even though the company will take a $1.7 billion fourth-quarter charge and cut 650 jobs.

Paul Nisbet of JSA Research said the company's decision to abandon its Global Telecommunications services business is seen as moving Lockheed Martin back to its core competencies and helping to clear the decks to handle challenges of its newly won Joint Strike Fighter contract.

Showtime approaches for space situational awareness office 

The Space Situational Awareness Integration Office (SSAIO), due to be established before March 1, faces some significant hurdles but "we need this and we're going to figure out how to do it," said the Air Force officer assigned to carry out the task, Lt. Col. Thomas Simpson.

Space Battlelab working on promising technology for warfighters 

The Air Force Space Battlelab at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., is pursuing several promising technology for warfighters, according to the lab's Col. Ronald Oholendt.

In addition to working on an ultra-short pulse laser that can see through dense clouds or battlefield obscurants (DAILY, Dec. 4), Oholendt said the lab is also working on a program called Infrared Cloud Monitor.

Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser in first combat use, program office director says 

First combat use of the Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser, in Afghanistan, has won the praise of U.S. military officials, Col. Ken Merchant, director of the Area Attack Systems Program Office at Eglin AFB, Fla., said Dec. 4.

Merchant declined during a telephone interview to say when the WCMD was used or against what specific targets, but he did say the B-52 was the launch platform, and that the WCMD dispensed the CBU-87 Combined Effects Munition (CEM).

Space Battlelab presses cloud-penetrating laser 

The Air Force Space Battlelab is working on a number of ways to capitalize on emerging technologies to aid the warfighter, including an ultra-short pulse laser that can see through dense clouds or battlefield obscurants.

The laser, to be demonstrated in January on a C-130, is "tactically significant" because it is small and lightweight, doesn't use much power and is relatively inexpensive, said Col. Ronald Oholendt of the Battlelab, located at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.

Air Force eyes replacement for aging C-130 electronic instruments 

The U.S. Air Force is surveying industry for companies qualified to replace the aging Electronic Flight Instruments (EFI) cockpit display used on some C-130 aircraft, an effort that would take about a year once a contract is awarded.

A total of 116 C-130s have the EFI, made by L-3 Communications, and a subset of these will possibly be replaced, according to George Spencer, deputy director of the C-130 System Program Office at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

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