The Lebanese army has just received the first part of a major arms deal negotiated with the United States...
GV: armoured personnel carriers on dockside
SV: Lebanese army commander General Victor Khoury arriving, with Deputy Minister of Defence Joseph Skaff. (bald with blue blazer) and met by U.S. Ambassador Richard Parker. (2 shots)
SV: General Khoury looking over new equipment (2 shots)
SV: U.S. Ambassador and Skaff looking on.
GV: soldiers climbing on to carriers and officials looking on. (2 shots)
GV: carriers driven away in convoy. (3 shots)
The Lebanese army has been more in evidence over the last three months since a change in it's command structure. The civil war had divided the army badly and the mainly-christian force was unacceptable to much of the Moslem community. The re-vitalised army is the Lebanese government will more acceptable to the whole population.
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Background: The Lebanese army has just received the first part of a major arms deal negotiated with the United States... Twenty armoured personnel carriers.
SYNOPSIS: There are more than sixty-thousand of these armoured personnel carriers (AFC's) in service with armies outside the Soviet bloc...these were handed over personally by the U.S. Ambassador Richard B. Parker to Lebanese Commander-in Chief General Victor Khoury and Deputy Defence Minister Joseph Skaff. The M 113 was designed in 1956 as a multi purpose vehicle and in various forms has seen action in many theatres of war. The APC can carry up to eleven heavily-armed infantry and can carry it's own weapon load including a fifty-calibre machine gun.
Powered by a diesel engine and with a aluminium welded armour the M113 is lightweight and very manoeuvrable. The back of the vehicle also acts as a door for rapid exits by the infantry on board. This basic version can be adapted to fit most circumstances where infantry have to be moved into action quickly. With various modifications a seventy-six millimetre gun can be fitted to the basic body transforming the APC from just an armoured infantry carrier into a support vehicle with an active role on the battleground.