SYNOPSIS: The Israeli Army unveiled their most sophisticated artillery weapon in a special demonstration near Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
CU Hebrew sign on side of transporter PULL BACK TO MV rocket being lifted (3 shots)
CU Cameramen PAN TO missile lowered onto launcher
SVs Troops guiding missile into position (3 shots)
SVs Troops screwing warhead into place (2 shots)
GVs Troops elevating missile ... ready for firing (3 shots)
MISSILE BEING TAKEN OFF TRANSPORTER AND LOWERED ONTO LAUNCHING PAD: SPECIAL ISRAELI TROOPS FITTING WARHEAD AND EQUIPMENT INTO PLACE: MISSILE READY FOR LAUNCHING.
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Background: SYNOPSIS: The Israeli Army unveiled their most sophisticated artillery weapon in a special demonstration near Tel Aviv on Tuesday. The short range U.S. built Lance Missile is capable of firing a thousand pound warhead a distance of fifty miles. Israel's Defence Minister Shimen Peres told newsmen that the ??? was now operational in the artillery corps.
The missile was demonstrated to cameramen by an Israeli Army unit ... trained in the United States a year ago. It will be used as Israel's answer to be Soviet made "Frog Missile" used by Egyptian, Syrian and other Arab armies.
The Lance is a ground to ground missile and is highly adaptable. The self propelled launcher can cover any kind of terrain suitable for tracked vehicles ... and can cross calm waterways. The Lance is considered more accurate than the "Frog" ... because of its superior guidance system.
A senior defence spokesman said Israel was now ready for the Lance's "big brother" the long range Pershing missile. Israel has long sought the Pershing to match the Soviet Scud. missile. Discussion on the supply of the Pershing wore held between Mr. Peres and the then U.S. Secretary of Defence, James Schlesinger as recently as last September.