INTRODUCTION: In Egypt, United States and Egyptian forces have been continuing their joint exercises, codenamed 'Bright Star 82'.Their manoeuvres in the Western desert were confined on Tuesday (17 November) to firing Soviet and American anti-aircraft guns.
CAIRO WEST AIR BASE, EGYPT (VISNEWS - RACHAD EL KOUSSY)
GV Wooden models of missiles in desert, to be used as targets
GV Missiles on launch pad
SV US and Egyptian troops
GV Troops in jeep crossing desert
SV US forces in anti-aircraft tank (2 shots)
GV PAN Missiles fired into air (2 shots)
SV Newsmen watching exercise
GV PAN Missile launch PAN BACK TO hand-held rocket launcher firing at missile (2 shots)
GV Rocket launch from tank
SV Model aircraft on ground being prepared for target practice
SV PAN FROM Troops to radio operator
SV Target plane being launched
GV Anti-aircraft tank firing at model plane (6 shots)
Background: INTRODUCTION: In Egypt, United States and Egyptian forces have been continuing their joint exercises, codenamed 'Bright Star 82'.Their manoeuvres in the Western desert were confined on Tuesday (17 November) to firing Soviet and American anti-aircraft guns.
SYNOPSIS: Wooden models were used as targets.The equipment used by Egyptian air defences was basically obtained from the Soviet union in the period before the late President Anwar Sadat moved his country outside the orbit of Soviet partnership.American officers said this exercise gave their people a chance to study the efficiency of Egyptian air defences, and to note the type of system they would possibly come across in actual combat.
The exercise had begun at Cairo West air base with the firing of what are called U.S.redeye missiles.These heat-seeking missiles, fired from the shoulder, scored direct hits on aerial targets moving at up to almost 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) an hour.U.S.troops also fired heat-seeking Chaparral missiles at moving targets.Egyptian Defence Minister Mohamed Abdel Halim Abu Ghasala watched the two-hour exercise.He said later he would ask for the Egyptian army to buy the Chaparrals, which proved effective against aircraft flying at low altitudes.The Chaparrals were fired from tanks at a series of orange drones.
Observers said the U.S.forces did not disguise the identity of their presumed enemy.Several of their aerial targets were one-metre-long modes of the Soviet MiG23 fighters, complete with red stars on their wings.
Reuters news agency said the Egyptians fired Soviet-made SAM-7 missiles on this, the second day of their joint exercises.A total of 4,000 members of the U.S.rapid deployment force, and 4,000 Egyptian troops, were taking part in "Bright Star 82".
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