INTRODUCTION: President Reagan moved swiftly on Wednesday (21 October) to brand as "outright deception" any suggestion that the United States could consider fighting a nuclear war at Europe's expense.
Washington, October 1981: GV Caspar Weinberger and Reagan entering Convention Hall. (3 SHOTS)
CU Reagan speaking. (2 SHOTS)
AERIALS B-1 bomber in flight. (2 SHOTS)
Two STILL diagrams of stealth bomber.
Montage of nuclear submarine, ballistic missile and heavy bomber.
GV Ballistic missile and Trident submarine (2 SHOTS)
GV MX missile in sky after launch. (2 SHOTS)
GVs & SVs Earthmover digging missile tunnels and engineers working on tunnel. (4 SHOTS)
GV Missile breaks through earth covering into launching position.
GV B-1 bomber taking off and in flight. (2 SHOTS)
SV Aircrew at work - Cruise missile launched from aircraft and in flight. (3 SHOTS)
ANIMATED SEQUENCE Showing missile following flight path to target.
Egypt, 1980: SV High-ranking U.S. officers and assistant Egyptian Defence Minister Abdul Ghaffar Hegazi sitting in tent watching exercises at Wadi El-Natroun.
GVs Helicopters hovering and men descending ropes over desert. (3 SHOTS)
GV Aircraft flying over TILT DOWN TO explosion.
GV Helicopters carrying jeeps and army personnel lined up. (2 SHOTS)
SV Vice-President Bush's wife launching submarine with christening bottle - GV submarine sliding down slipway amidst hundreds of coloured balloons -- GV submarine enters water. (3 SHOTS)
GV TRACKING SHOT Trident missile being launched and in flight.
REAGAN: (SEQ 2) "...Now let me outline the five main features of our programme. First, I have directed the Secretary of Defence to revitalise our bomber forces by constructing and deploying one-hundred B-1 bombers as soon as possible, while continuing to deploy Cruise missiles on existing bombers. We will also deploy an advanced bomber with stealth characteristics for the 1990s. Second, I have ordered the construction of Trident submarines at a steady rate."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Reagan moved swiftly on Wednesday (21 October) to brand as "outright deception" any suggestion that the United States could consider fighting a nuclear war at Europe's expense. He linked a controversy over US nuclear policy in Europe with what he called Soviet propaganda designed to drive a wedge between the US and its allies. The President's remarks followed a stormy European reaction after he told American newspaper editors he didn't know whether there could be a nuclear exchange limited to Europe. Plans for strengthening US nuclear forces on land, sea and air were revealed by President Reagan in Washington earlier this month:
SYNOPSIS: The U.S. President announced a new strategic arms programme that will cost 180-thousand million dollars -- a policy described by the Soviet Union as only serving to strengthen the arms race:
In making his long-awaited decision on the MX intercontinental ballistic missile, Mr. Reagan scrapped the Carter administration's scheme to shuffle the missiles between 4,600 shelters in Utah and Nevada. His plan instead called for 100 of them to be based in existing Titan or Minuteman missile silos, strengthened against nuclear attack.
One-hundred modified long-range B-1 bombers will be deployed, starting in 1986, to replace the newest B-52 intercontinental bombers. This new generation of missiles and bombers has been developed to combat what Mr. Reagan calls Soviet military growth. The B-52s will be modified to carry air-launched Cruise missiles.
The Cruise has been described as the ultimate weapon. This winged rocket can be fired from an aircraft or submarine and can be programmed to home in on any enemy target below the level of any radar warning system. The missile is simply dropped several hundred kilometres from its target and then assumes a life of its own.
This animated sequence shows how the Cruise missile flies itself to a pre-set target. It's a developed version of an old idea. The Germans had a simple prototype flying against London during World War Two.
Now to ground defences and America's newly-formed Rapid Deployment Force, seen here in exercises with the Egyptian army. It was created by former President Carter to deal with emergencies in the Middle East and Persian Gulf. Since the assassination of Egypt's President Sadat, the United States has announced it will join Egyptian forces in an extensive joint exercise in the desert close to the Libyan Jamahariyah's border. Two US AWAC radar surveillance planes have already flown there to held defend against a possible Libyan attack.
President Reagan has signalled the go-ahead for strategic sea defence to be reinforced by the continued construction of Trident ballistic submarines. They'll be produced at the rate of one a year, and will be equipped with a larger and more accurate sea-launched missile -- the Trident D5.
The development of a larger and more accurate sea-launched missile would give the Trident nearly double its present nuclear capabilities. President Reagan says this and other military plans will help "maintain America's ability to keep the peace well into the next century."