• Short Summary

    A WEST GERMAN ARMS FIRM TODAY (THURSDAY) GAVE A DEMONSTRATION OF MILITARY ROCKETS TO REPRESENTATIVES OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES AT CUXHAVEN, WEST GERMANY.

  • Description

    A WEST GERMAN ARMS FIRM TODAY (THURSDAY) GAVE A DEMONSTRATION OF MILITARY ROCKETS TO REPRESENTATIVES OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES AT CUXHAVEN, WEST GERMANY. THE ROCKETS CARRY A 9-POUND (4.082 KILOS) WARHEAD TO A HEIGHT OF 90,000 FEET (32,808 METRES), AND ARE PRESUMABLY INTENDED AS ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILES.

    MORE THAN 40 FOREIGN ROCKET-EXPERTS ATTENDED THE DEMONSTRATION. BUT OTHERS WITHDREW WHEN IT WAS LEARNED THAT THE PRESS WOULD ALSO BE PRESENT: THEY DID NOT WANT IT GENERALLY KNOWN THAT THEIR GOVERNMENTS WERE CONSIDERING THE PURCHASE OF ROCKETS.

    SINCE THE DISPLAY TOOK PLACE OUTSIDE AREAS RESTRICTED TO AIRCRAFT, SOME TIME ???LAPSED BEFORE ALL THE ROCKETS WERE LAUNCHED. AFTERWARDS, A HELICOPTER COLLECTED THE MISSILES FOR EXAMINATION. THE AFTERNOON WAS A SUCCESS SINCE THE FIRM ANNOUNCED IT HAD TAKEN A NUMBER OF ORDERS.

    THE MANUFACTURE OF THESE MISSILES BY A PRIVATE FIRM HAS CAUSED WIDESPREAD DISCUSSION IN GERMANY AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES. IT HAS SURPRISED MANY SENIOR MILITARY OFFICIALS, SINCE, IN VIEW OF THE ACCEPTED HIGH COST OF RESEARCH AND MANUFACTURE, IT IS DIFFICULT TO SEE HOW A RELATIVELY SMALL ARMS FIRM COULD FINANCE SUCH A PROGRAMME. THE BONN GOVERNMENT, TOO, HAS BEEN EMBARRASSED BY THE DISPLAY SINCE IT HAS JUST WEATHERED BITTER CRITICISM FROM ISRAEL OVER THE PART PLAYED BY WEST GERMAN SCIENTISTS WORKING FOR EGYPTIAN AUTHORITIES PRODUCING ROCKETS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA64QGIM8H2NRAQI2HROT5PN125
    Media URN:
    VLVA64QGIM8H2NRAQI2HROT5PN125
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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