In France, the country's latest naval weapons have gone on display at an exhibition at le Bourget Airport, near Paris.
GV le Bourget Airport Arms display.
CU Missile ship model NHP 47 missile launchers on deck, radar equipment and helicopter. (2 SHOTS)
CU Model Mirage 50 jet. (2 SHOTS)
CU Model Marine Reconnaissance aircraft.
GV PAN Exhibition hall. (2 SHOTS).
SV Naval officers talking to visitors. (2 SHOTS)
SV & CU Torpedo and depth charges. (3 SHOTS)
SV Field guns and shells. (2 SHOTS)
CU & PULL BACK TO SCU Rocket Launcher.
SV & CU Shells and missiles. (3 SHOTS)
CU Missiles in launcher.
SV Radar dish revolving.
SV EXTERIOR Missiles being fired at sea. (2 SHOTS)
SV Missiles being launched (in slow motion)
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Background: In France, the country's latest naval weapons have gone on display at an exhibition at le Bourget Airport, near Paris.
SYNOPSIS: This one of several arms exhibitions staged recently by the French who now rank as the third largest weapons suppliers in the world.
Among the new aircraft on display - the Mirage 50, the latest jet in the Mirage series. this was a highlight of the display, which also included several models of the latest marine reconnaissance aircraft.
But the biggest single feature of the exhibition was the range of missiles. With every form of shell from a torpedo to a depth charge on display, the French Navy showed off its capability to attack any form of craft whether above or below water. These weapons have formed the basis of a recent arms deal made by the French with China. Despite competition from other European countries. France has agreed to sell the Chinese some of their most sophisticated missiles for almost three billion Francs (700 million U.S. dollars).
Apart form missiles, new developments in radar equipment were also displayed, including this system capable of detecting enemy radar transmissions.
Test firings of the Crotale Naval anti-aircraft missile have attracted the attention of potential buyers from many countries including China.