At a special demonstration to newsmen on Tuesday (1 May), the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) showed off a new heavy gun developed and built in Israel together with Soviet and United States military equipment that has been adapted and improved for IDF use.
GV Crowds view 155 mm L33 self-propelled gun
SV TD from 155 mm guns to crowd
SV PAN..Gun crew to shells and information board
GV 155 MM gun
SV T54 tank (Russian) PAN down to shells (2 shots)
SV M110 self-propelled Howitzer and crew, showing automatic loading
SV Information board for Howitzer
SV M110 gun into firing position and lowering (3 shots)
GV 20mm gun on half-track carrier
SV 20 mm guns and crew
CU Information board for 20 mm gun PAN to ammunition
SV 20 mm gun swivelling
GV Bell 206 rescue helicopter being demonstrated (4 shots)
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Background: At a special demonstration to newsmen on Tuesday (1 May), the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) showed off a new heavy gun developed and built in Israel together with Soviet and United States military equipment that has been adapted and improved for IDF use.
The new gun -- the Soltam L33 -- is a 155 millimetre self-propelled weapon. Its crew are protected by an armour-plated cabin and its firing range is said to be 20 kilometres.
Two self-propelled guns built in the United States, which have been adapted for Israeli use, were also demonstrated. These were the double-barrelled 20 mm anti-aircraft gun mounted on a half-tracked armoured vehicle, and the M-110 203 mm Howitzer. The Israeli version of this gun fires a 90.6 kilogram shell filled with 16.6 kg of tnt -- the most destructive shell in the IDF's armoury.
Also on display were a number of Soviet-built T54 and T55 tanks captured from Arab forces by the Israelis, who claim their modified version is superior to the original tank.
The United States-built Bell 206 light rescue helicopter was put through its paces.