In Egypt, President Anwar Sadat reviewed a military parade on Friday (6 October) marking the fifth anniversary of the 1973 Middle East War against Israel.
GV Tanks in formation.
SV Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and officers on dais saluting.
SV PULL BACK Troops.
MV Sadat leaves dais to inspect troops as band plays. (2 SHOTS)
GV Sadat in jeep inspecting troops. (3 SHOTS)
SV Aircraft fly overhead.
SV Sadat inspecting troops. (2 SHOOTS)
SV PAN tanks.
SV Sadat inspecting troops as jets fly overhead trailing multi-coloured smoke. (2 SHOTS)
GV Sadat riding past missiles as jets fly overhead. (2 SHOTS)
GV Egyptian flan PAN TO tank FADE TO flag, FADE TO Sadat.
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Background: In Egypt, President Anwar Sadat reviewed a military parade on Friday (6 October) marking the fifth anniversary of the 1973 Middle East War against Israel.
SYNOPSIS: There were more than four hundred Soviet tanks on display - but all old models in need of replacement. It's the first time the display has been held away from Cairo. This year's location was in the desert near Ismalia.
Egypt is preparing for direct negotiations with Israel on a peace treaty and the parade appeared to be more restrained than in previous years. Eyewitnesses said the vast display of military might showed both strengths and weaknesses - why the Army supports President Sadat and why the Arab world would hesitate to go to war without egypt. For the Egyptian military it could be the last major celebration. There are powerful voices in Egypt arguing that once at peace and dedicated to rebuilding the war-shattered economy money can not be wasted on showpieces. And the new Defence Minister, Lieutenant-General Kamal Hassan Ali, said that while the Army would stay ready to fight, it would now help in the struggle for reconstruction.
The airforce is faring better than the rest of the armed forces. It has new Mirage fighters, but their newest Soviet Mig 23's have been grounded for a year due to lack of spare parts. A repair programme by British engineers meant that about forty of the older MIG 21's could take part in the review.
The first Egyptian Government committed to peace with Israel since the formation of the Jewish state was sworn in by President Sadat the day before the parade. In a letter to the new Prime Minister, Mr. Mustapha Khalil, President Sadat said Egypt was passing through a very important stage in its history.
President Sadat said priorities were food supplies; increased production; improved public services and a reorganised administration. He said Egypt was facing the challenge of peace - a stage which required a comprehensive rebuilding of all aspects of the nation's life.