Egypt has put on its largest ever display of military strength -- to mark the sixth anniversary of the 1973 was with israel.
Egypt has put on its largest ever display of military strength -- to mark the sixth anniversary of the 1973 was with israel. The parade was the first since the peace treaty with israel was signed earlier this year, and there were only a few representatives of other Arab states in attendance.
SYNOPSIS: Egypt's President, Anwar Sadat, was on hand at Nasar City, Cairo, to Witness Saturday's (6 October) parade. Egypt's top military echelons were present to greet President Sadat, resplendent in Field Marshal's uniform.
President Sadat takes the salute during the playing of the National Anthem.
Preparations for the parade were marred when tow Egyptian aircraft collided west of the Pyramids of Giza, killing at least ten crew members. No officials announcement was made and most of the people attending the parade were unaware of the incident. But the playing of the last post was given added significance.
Egypt's Defence Minister, General Kamal Hassan Ali, told the crowd that the aim of the parade was not a show of muscle -- but to demonstrate that Egypt was fully armed to defend liberty. The parade revealed the diversity of Egypt's arms supplied. On Display was military hardware from the Soviet Union, China France, Britain and the United States.
The first fruits of Egypt's one and a half billion dollar (U.S.) arms deal with the United States was represented by armoured personnel carriers and by Phantom F-4 jet fighters. Chinese F-6 Shenyang fighters also made their first appearance.
It was thought that one of the main reasons for the earlier shortage of spares for Soviet military hardware had now been overcome.