• Short Summary

    IN THE HOT, ARID DESERT NEAR LITTLE ADEN, A COMPLETE "THUNDERBIRD" ROCKET UNIT HAS BEEN INSTALLED WITH ITS FULL CREW AND CIVILIAN TECHNICIANS.

  • Description

    IN THE HOT, ARID DESERT NEAR LITTLE ADEN, A COMPLETE "THUNDERBIRD" ROCKET UNIT HAS BEEN INSTALLED WITH ITS FULL CREW AND CIVILIAN TECHNICIANS.DURING THE NEXT MONTHS IT WILL BE CLOSELY OBSERVED TO SEE THE EFFECTS OF INTENSE HEAT AND HUMIDITY ON THE ENTIRE UNIT.

    THESE HEAT TRIALS ARE BEING CONDUCTED BY ONE OF THE FIRST BRITISH ARMY ARTILLERY REGIMENTS TO BE TRAINED IN THE TACTICAL USE OF THESE GROUND-TO-AIR MISSILES.LATER, TESTS WILL BE MADE ON THE SOLDIERS WHO WILL WORK ON SHIFTS THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND NIGHT IN THE RADAR CABINS.

    TESTS ARE BEING MADE EVERY TWO HOURS TO CHECK THE EFFECT THE HEAT - ALWAYS ABOUT 100 DEGREES F.(38 DEGREES C.) - ON THE MISSILES, THE ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS, AND THE EXPLOSIVES.THREE TONS OF HIGH EXPLOSIVES ARE BEING LEFT IN THE SUN TO SEE HOW THEY STAND UP TO THE CONDITIONS.

    THE BRITISH-MADE "THUNDERBIRD" IS A SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILE DESIGNED TO HELP PROTECT FIGHTING TROOPS FROM HIGH-ALTITUDE ATTACKING AIRCRAFT.THE 4,000 LB (1814KG) SOLID-FUELLED MISSILE HAS A RADAR HOMING SYSTEM TO SHOOT DOWN AIRCRAFT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1TSEO5JXQ7V367N52UD2S6WSE
    Media URN:
    VLVA1TSEO5JXQ7V367N52UD2S6WSE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/06/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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