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    South Vietnamese engineers are gradually playing a larger part in rebuilding and overhauling the equipment of war.

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    South Vietnamese engineers are gradually playing a larger part in rebuilding and overhauling the equipment of war.

    At the height of the Southeast Asian conflict most South Vietnamese war material was taken to United States bases in Okinawa, Guam and Taiwan for renewing and servicing.

    Now, with the expansion of the Saigon Arsenal, sixty per cent of the work is done in the South Vietnamese capital--and its planned that by 1975 all the overhauling will be done there.

    SYNOPSIS: In Saigon, military vehicles wait to enter the Saigon Arsenal for repair and overhauling. It's a complex engineering task now--to an increasing extent-begin handled by South Vietnamese exports. Previously much of the work had been done at the United States workshops in Okinawa, Guam, and Taiwan. The Saigon Arsenal covers 120 acres--and three million dollars has already been spent on bringing facilities there up-to-date. Already 60 per cent of the work needed on South Vietnamese military vehicles is done here. By 1975 it's planned that the Arsenal will bake over all rebuilding and overhauling of military equipment.

    Nearly six hundred rebuilt vehicles will leave the Saigon Arsenal this year.

    Much of the equipment used by the South Vietnamese is now considered obsolete in the United States Army. This brings it's own problems. Spare parts are hard to come by--so the expansion of the Arsenal includes a facility for the building of these parts. At present about a quarter of the needs of the workshops are provided by the Arsenal itself. Both South Vietnamese and United States officials hope the Arsenal will serve a dual purpose: to refurbish the weapons and vehicles of war, and the provide valuable technical experience for South Vietnamese engineers who may provide the base for a civilian industry of the future.

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