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    The Israeli Defence Ministry on Friday at a secret army camp put on show to the world's press some of its most recently acquired weapons.

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    The Israeli Defence Ministry on Friday at a secret army camp put on show to the world's press some of its most recently acquired weapons. Most of them were American-supplied, but there was also a captured Russian rocket launcher.

    Israel's chief concern in the weapons field in recent months has been to maintain her balance of striking power in relation to Egypt, especially in the air. On April 20 there were press reports that Israel had taken delivery from the United states of 12 more F-4 Phantom bombers, and she is reported to have received 80 of these fighters now in the past three years. By contrast nearly 200 Soviet fighters are reported supplied to Egypt this year, including MIG-23, the fastest and best jet fighter in the Soviet arsenal.

    Recent Soviet deliveries of weapons to Egypt were undoubtedly a part of discussions in Washington a few days ago between U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers and Israel's deputy Prime Minister Yigal Allon.

    SYNPOSIS: Israel press-showed its most recently acquired weapons on Friday at a secret army camp somewhere in the country - one a the most impressive was this American-supplied Sikorski CH-53 It is among the largest helicopter in the world, yet its great bulk is highly manoeuvrable. This hu??? craft can carry 38 men seated, of 24 stretchers, at a top speed of 189 miles per hour, that's 315 kilometres per hour). Its range is 248 miles, or 413 kilometres.

    Another American-built exhibit w??? the M-113 armoured personnel carrier, which can carry 13 men, including driver and commander. Made of aluminium alloy, and armed with machine guns, its special capability is in crossing water obstacles of any depth. It is armoured on all sides, and highly manoeuvrable on any kind of terrain.

    Also quite mobile and amphibious is this enormous 24-ton self-propelled gun, the U.S. M-109. Maximum firing range of its 155mm gun is 9 miles or (4.6 kms), and it can traverse through 360 degrees. Its rate of fire is impressive - 4 shells per minute for the first three minutes, and one shell per minute on prolonged firing.

    Among the expected American-build weapons on show, the Israelis all showed some captured Russian one like this Russian rocket-launcher It was in perfect working order, and able to fire two types of rocket, long and short, the long ones to a range of more than 6 miles or 10.3 kilometres.

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