• Short Summary

    It is now unlikely that France is to sell to the Lebanon its new 'Cactus' ground-to-air guided missile system.

  • Description

    It is now unlikely that France is to sell to the Lebanon its new 'Cactus' ground-to-air guided missile system.

    The Lebanese Army Command announced on Tuesday (18 July) that it no longer considers itself bound by the terms of a 5.5 million pounds sterling contract for the purchase of the missile system. The statement said Lebanon had carried out all its obligations, including the advance payment of about 2.7 million pounds sterling, without so far receiving any missiles. It added that the French company concerned had failed to respond to a series of Lebanese approaches and warnings.

    In Paris, the company said on Tuesday (18 July) that is was seeking a friendly settlement of the dispute.

    The sale of Cactus--known in France as 'Crotale'--to the Lebanon was first arranged in 1969, at a time when the French Government had an arms embargo in operation against all countries which had taken part in the 1967 Middle East war.

    The all-weather missile was developed for the South African Government as a uniquely effective weapon against low-flying aircraft.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9V5H3INR1H0X7AWISDEG65YDM
    Media URN:
    VLVA9V5H3INR1H0X7AWISDEG65YDM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/07/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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