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    • ITN 0323 . 124247 00 VYV RUXSBAA4674 0164750 00027-.XXXX--RUXPDAA. ZNY XXXXX VYV ZNM .0 P 454840Z DT BYEMAN CB I sysTEm 111161.1=111 CECRE14548402 JAN 84 CITE BISON 0530 INFO PRIORITY IMMEDIATE CHANNELS ONLY HANDLE FOR L. CRESS SUBJECT: RETROFIT OF GAMBIT VEHICLE 54 REFERENCE: - SG 2478, DID 49 DEC 79 MSG 4654, DTD 27 DEC 79 AS REFERENCED ABOVE, THE FY 84 PROGRAM BUDGET SUBMISSIONS CONTAINED THE OPTION TO FOREGO RETROFITTING GAMBIT VEHICLE 54 TO THE DUAL MODE CONFIGURATION. THIS OPTION, W AS APPROVED, PROVIDED A SAVINGS OF APPROXIMATELY TO THE GOVERNMENT. A PROVISO WAS ATTACHED WHICH RECO JIM THAT VEHICLE 54 BE LAUNCHED BY DULY 84 DUE TO CALENDAR LIFE EXPIRATIONS OF NUMEROUR COMPONENTS IN THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PAYLOAD SECTION CPPS3. THE CURRENT GAMBIT MISSION OPTION TO FLY WITH EITHER' VEHICLES 54 . 0R 52 LEAVES OPEN THE POSSIBILITY THAT VEHICLE 54. MAY NOT BE FLOWN PRIOR TO MID-YEAR 4984. RECENT TESTING OF SOME COMPONENTS AND A REVIEW OF VEHICLE 54'S HARDWARE STATUS INDICATE THAT WE CAN EXTEND THE LAUNCH AVAILABILITY OF VEHICLE 54 THROUGH AUGUST 81, VICE JULY 84, WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT ADDITIONAL RISK DUE112 INCREASED HARDWARE LIFE. THIS WOULD ACCOMMODATE A smilip SEQUENCE FROM SLC-4W HOWEVER, IN THE EVENT THAT VEHICLE 51 IS NOT REQUIRED BY AUGUST 84, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT IT BE RETROFITTED AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY. WE FURTHER RECOMMEND CONVERSION TO THE DUAL MODE CONFIGURATION, AND . NOT RETROFIT TO EXTEND LIFE OF THE CURRENT HIGH-RES SYSTEM. THIS WOULD INCREASE PROGRAM FLEXIBILITY AND ELIMINATE THE REQUIREMENT FOR DUAL : AGE, DOCUMENTATION, AND TESTING PROCEDURES. WE ARE CURRENTLY GENERATING ESTIMATES FOR CONVERSION or 54 TO DUAL MODE. COSTS WILL BE SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN THE FY 84 SUBMISSION FOR THIS EFFORT DUE TO THE YEAR'S DELAY AND TAILOFF IN FACTORY MANPOWER. WE WILL PROVIDE THIS COST AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION BY.DANUARY 30. REVW 45 JAN 04 NRO APPROVED FOR RELEASE CECRET DECLASSIFIED BY: C/IART ET DECLASSIFIED ON: 10 JANUARY 2013 U4674 , D.',':!A AN