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June 8, 1961
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Approved For Release 2002/07/31 : CIA-RDP63-00313A000600080121-4 SECRET NDUly FOR: Acting Chief, DPD SUBJECT: IDEA 0332 Copy _ L of 8 AN 1961 Conversion of U-2 Aircraft to U?2C andum contains a recommendation for the approval DPD. Such recommendation is contained in para- Agency will possess four aircraft. configured with a ad attrition. Upon completion of the pending conversion 1ST Inventory has been reduced to eight aircraft 3-75 engine. These aircraft represent the total U. S. Govern ent first line reconnaissance vehicles at the present time. Aithoi recognized that certain limitations exist In the survivability of this air- craft it, will remain the only overflight capability for at least twelve months. The, remaining four aircraft configured with. J-5? engines are considered to be obsolete and no longer capablo of performing over- >f dented territory with the exception of such backward areas Tn lonesia. Air aborts for contrails during recent operations support this position. 3. The initial requirement to modernize the overflight reconnaissance inventory will be to convert to a total of five aircraft configured with J? 75 engines and obtain the necessary parts for two additional aircraft for an over-all planning of seven aircraft equipped with J-75 engines. Approval of this program would provide the ability to maintain a fatly operational detachment in three separate areas with a spare aircraft for repair or IRAN schedule. Standardization of the aircraft will allow rotation through to maintain fully operational status in each deployed at and a constant IRAN program. ET Approved For Release 2002/07/31 : CIA-RDP63-00313A000600080121-4 Approved For Release 2002/07/31 CIA-RDP63-00313A000600080121-4 4. Conversion of all aircraft to J?TS engines will require We modification to System VU It this capability is desired, >rn VII, is presently non-operational and will require for rework operational in any aircraft. In addition. IDEALIST aircraft lose the capability to operate with weather package #2. A separate orandum was forwarded on 6 Jane recommending deletion of package #2 from the IDEALIST inventory. (IDEA 0315) 3. A complete study of IDEALIST assets versus operational requirements, including associated special equipment, is in process and will be forwarded by separate memorandum. If approved this memorandum will become the basis for an Activities Program. 7. It is recommended that a total of five aircraft configured glees and complete IRAN be established as an immediate require- ther, recommend that in the same contract sufficient spare necessary for converting two additional aircraft, be obtained. 25X1A SIGNED Chief, Special Projects The recommendations contained In paragraph 7. are approved: (Signed) Stanley W. Beerli STANI Colonel BEEi;LI VaAF Actin Chief, DPI)-DI)!? JUN 1061 Lch, JPD Approved For Release 2002/07/31 CfA-RDP63-00313A000600080121-4 Approved For Release 2002/07/31 : CIA-RDP63-00313A000600080121-4 Distribution: #I - DPD/C/SPB #2 - Ac/DPD #3 - DPD/MS #4 - DPD/PJ Approved For Release 2002/07/31 : CIA-RDP63-00313A000600080121-4