INTRODUCTION: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt went to the Wester Desert on Thursday (26 March) to watch a military demonstration designed to show the state of readiness of Egypt's air defences.
GV PAN SAM-II missiles in desert.
SV President Sadat seated with new Minister of Defence, General Abu Ghazala and Vice-President Mubarak. (3 SHOTS)
SV & GV Parade of vehicles carrying missiles. (3 SHOTS)
GV Missiles fired during manoeuvres (3 SHOTS)
SV Commanding officer congratulated by Sadat, salutes and walks away.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt went to the Wester Desert on Thursday (26 March) to watch a military demonstration designed to show the state of readiness of Egypt's air defences.
SYNOPSIS: The Egyptians say the test firing ground, which was set up with the help of French expertise, is the most on-to-date in the Middle East. With President Sadat were the Vice-President, Hosny Mubarak, and the new Defence Minister, General Abu Ghazala. General Abu Ghazala was appointed after his predecessor, Field Marshal Ahmed Badawy was killed in helicopter crash earlier this month.
A range of Soviet-built SAM missiles was being used. The Egyptian military authorities say their technical experts have kept these operational in spite of the fact that their official life-span has expired and the Soviet Union has ceased to supply Egypt with spare parts.
Newly-acquired French Crotale missile were also being test-fired; and as targets, French-made pilotless radio-directed aircraft were being used for the first time.
Egyptian political leaders, newspaper editors and foreign military attaches had been invited to watch the demonstration. The indications were that President Sadat was well pleased.