It is now unlikely that France is to sell to the Lebanon its new 'Cactus' ground-to-air guided missile system.
GV Missile along road
GV Tracking unit on hill with scanner rotating
SV Radar screen inside scanner
SCU Operator activates computer
SV ZOOM TO CU Computer unit
CU Scanner unit
LV Scanner missile launcher with scanner in B/G.
SV Missile being aimed
CU Missile in launcher
CU Fire button pressed
LV Missile launched
CU Button pressed
CU Indication lights on panel
SV Missile fired
CU Computer indicates missile course
LV Aircraft target exploding
GV Missile fired and target hit (SLOW MOTION)
Initials BB/0345 GR/BOB/BB/0400
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Background: 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.