• Short Summary

    THE 2ND EXHIBITION OF GROUND ARMAMENT IS BEING CURRENTLY HELD AT SATORY, NEAR VERSAILLES. THE?

  • Description

    THE 2ND EXHIBITION OF GROUND ARMAMENT IS BEING CURRENTLY HELD AT SATORY, NEAR VERSAILLES. THE EXHIBITION, WHICH IS HELD BIANNUALLY CONCURRENT WITH THE PARIS AIR SHOW, IS DESIGNED TO SHOW THE NEWEST IN GROUND ARMAMENTS - TANKS, MISSILES, CANNONS, LAUNCHERS, AMMUNITION, ETC. - AND THE LATEST ADAPTATIONS AND USES OF TRIED EQUIPMENT, SUCH AS THE AMPHIBIOUS AMX-30 HEAVY TANK. YESTERDAY (MONDAY) THE TANKS WERE PUT THROUGH THEIR PACES FOR CAMERAMEN.

    A SHARP CLIMB DEMONSTRATION WAS GIVEN BY THE AMX-13 WITH A 105 MM CANNON - THIS TANK IS ALREADY IN USE WITH SEVERAL ARMIES AND HAS A VARIETY OF ADAPTATIONS WITH DIFFERENT CALIBRE CANNONS, GUIDED MISSILE LAUNCHERS, TRACERS AND EVEN FLOATING BRIDGE LOADERS. IT IS EXTREMELY MANOEUVRABLE AT SPEEDS UP TO 60 KILOMETRE PER HOUR (37 1/2 MPH) AND CAN EASILY TAKE A 31 DEGREE CLIMB.

    THE AMX-30 HEAVY BATTLE TANK IS PARTICULARLY USED FOR ANTI-TANK WARFARE AND IS HIGHLY MOBILE. IT HAS A FOUR-MAN CREW AND CARRIES A 105-MM CANNON, 2 MACHINE GUNS AND 4 SMOKE-GRENADE LAUNCHERS. IT IS POWERED BY A 12-CYLINDER, WATER-COOLED HISPANO SUIZA ENGINE. IT IS ALSO TOTALLY AMPHIBIOUS AND CAN TRAVEL UNDERWATER IN 2 METRES (6.5 FEET) OF WATER WITH A SPECIAL EXTENSION TOWER FOR MANNED VISUAL-CONTROL.

    ONE OF THE NEWEST TANKS ON SHOW WAS THE PROTOTYPE OF THE AMX-10 A AMPHIBIOUS INFANTRY BATTLE VEHICLE (VCAI) - CAPABLE OF CARRYING 11 MEN, IT CAN BE AIR-DROPPED AND IS ARMED WITH ONE 20-MM TURRET-MOUNTED SWIVEL CANNON.

    THE GROUND ARMAMENT INDUSTRY IN FRANCE IS DIVIDED BETWEEN THE TECHNICAL ADMINISTRATION OF GROUND ARMAMENTS, WHICH IS PART OF THE MINISTRY OF ARMAMENTS, AND FIFTY PRIVATE FIRMS. SOME 50,000 PEOPLE ARE EMPLOYED BY THE INDUSTRY DIRECTLY AND THE ANNUAL TURNOVER IS 3,000-MILLION FRANCS (255 MILLION POUNDS STERLING). IT IS CONSIDERED A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO THE FRENCH EXPORT ECONOMY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1Y9IQSAVGE7I664IZRUD4JH0O
    Media URN:
    VLVA1Y9IQSAVGE7I664IZRUD4JH0O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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