The ninth exhibition of French military weapons and equipment opened on June 8 at the Satory army base near Paris, attended by Foreign Minister, Monsieur Charles Hernu and delegations from 59 countries.
GV Satory Army Base, near Paris.
SVs Missiles, and long-range artillery guns. (2 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK TO GV Tank shells, tanks and revolving tank turret. (3 SHOTS)
GV AMX-40 new battle tank.
GV ZOOM TO CU Exocet 40mm missiles and land-carrier.
GV & SCU Super Puma helicopter. (2 SHOTS)
GV Single-engined propeller powered airplane.
GV Demonstration of independent suspensions of armoured car.
SVs Missile-carrying armoured cars. (5 SHOTS)
SV Man demonstrates revolving anti-aircraft gun. Model of gyto-copter. (3 SHOTS)
SVs Group of French soldiers.
SVs Armoured cars. (2 SHOTS)
SVs Tanks and demonstration manoeuvres, with helicopters overhead. (11 SHOTS)
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Background: The ninth exhibition of French military weapons and equipment opened on June 8 at the Satory army base near Paris, attended by Foreign Minister, Monsieur Charles Hernu and delegations from 59 countries. The high point of the show, designed to display and sell French-built weapons was to reveal the new French battle tank. The 43-tonne AMX-40 was armed with a 120mm gun, developed to France-German standards and capable of firing shells used by the armies of both countries. The AMX-40, designed for use in the 1990s will serve with the French Army pending a possible joint development of a new tank by France and Germany. The AMX-40 is also intended for export to Saudi Arabia, France's largest tank buyer, which has already bought more than 1,000 of the AMX-32 and other earlier tanks. Military officials said several other Middle East countries, Switzerland and Greece had shown interest. The AMX-40 together with other armoured cars were displayed in cross-country manoeuvres, with helicopter support. Other weapons including gun platforms, Exocet missiles and light aircraft were on show.