South Africa displayed some of its home-produced arsenal publicly for the first time on Wednesday (26 November).
GV Voortrekker monument PULL OUT TO GV Soldiers parading
Prime Minister Pieter Botha on landrover reviewing troops
CU Botha speaking in English
SV 127 mm artillery rocket system being driven past, followed by 155 mm cannon, troop carrier and Ratel anti-riot vehicle (4 shots)
SV Olifant tank on trailer, harbour protection boat passing (3 shots)
GV Aircraft fly-past
SV Soldier bringing presentation to Botha (2 shots)
GV Fly-past by Impala aircraft
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 3: BOTHA: "But let me say, we carry no aggressive intentions against our neighbours. We are in favour of signing non-aggression pacts with all our neighbours. That is an offer I am repeating this morning. But, it countries allow themselves to be used as spring-boards by any forces against us, we shall hit necessarily back with force."
Among the weapons displayed were the 127 millimetre rocket artillery system claimed to outdo the Soviet "Stalin organ", the locally manufactured G5 155 millimetre Howitzer described by Mr. Botha as among the best in the world, plus troop carriers and anti-riot vehicles.
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Background: South Africa displayed some of its home-produced arsenal publicly for the first time on Wednesday (26 November). The weaponry was put on show at a parade of some 1,8000 troops and a fly-past held to honour Prime Minister Pieter Botha's achievements in his 14 years as defence minister. As a result of the United nations arms embargo, South Africa has had to resort to manufacturing its own weapons rather than depend on foreign aid.
SYNOPSIS: Some twenty-thousand people turned out to watch the parade and see Prime Minister Botha take the salute. Mr. Botha was in charge of defence for fourteen years before handing over the portfolio to General Magnus Malan in August. But, despite the show of force, Mr. Botha stressed his country did not entertain aggressive aims.
Other exhibits included South Africa's Olifant tank, based on Britain's Second World War Centurion, and a naval patrol boat equipped with a weapons system giving a striking power equal to that of a much larger vessel.
Locally-made French designed Mirage jet fighters flew overhead as a presentation was made to Mr. Botha to mark the end of his term as defence minister. General Malan paid tribute to Mr. Botha by saying that South Africa's arms output was one of his monumental achievements.