For the first time for ten years, Journalists and photographers have been allowed on the forbidden soil of Colomb-Bechard, on the edges of the Sahara Desert.
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Background: For the first time for ten years, Journalists and photographers have been allowed on the forbidden soil of Colomb-Bechard, on the edges of the Sahara Desert. There they found rising like some monstrous mirage from the desert, a vast aerodrome, surrounded by hangars and workshops, modern buildings, and vertical and horizontal launching ramps. At Hammaguir, 110 kms., to the south, they found a ramp for the more powerful engines.
Working at Colomb-Bechard and Hammaguir are 1,000 personel of the ground and air forces, working on air to air or air to ground guided missiles; they are also working on ground to air rockets destined to replace conventional anti-aircraft weapons for which the flight of jet bombers is too high and too fast.
The Journalists were allowed to film engines unknown to the public:
The SS11 - an anti personel missile.
The PARKS - guided anti-aircraft missile.
The SE4000 - high explosive homing device carrying hundreds of kilos of explosives.
they also saw the C.T.10 and 20, rockets derived from the V.1. series of rockets.