Soviet authorities unallowed a new radar-guided missile on Friday (7 November) during the military equipment section of the vast parade through Moscow's Red Square to mark the 58th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.
GTV Troops marching through Red square (2 shots)
SCU Brezhnev and Kosygin with other leaders on Lenin's tomb (2 shots)
GV Servicemen in parade
CU Brezhnev takes salute
GTV Armoured division in parade
SV Big rockets on transporters followed by new missiles on trucks (3 shots)
SV Podgorny, Brezhnev and Kosygin taking salute
TV Enclosed missile carriers in parade as Muscovites look on (2 shots)
GTV Workers cheer as they parade past Soviet leaders as Brezhnev and Kosygin look on (4 shots)
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Background: Soviet authorities unallowed a new radar-guided missile on Friday (7 November) during the military equipment section of the vast parade through Moscow's Red Square to mark the 58th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.
Military observers said that the missile was almost certainly meant for use against fast low-flying aircraft, and immediately christened it Sam-Eight.
Apart from the new weapon, the military section of this year's anniversary parade was severely curtailed. Number of arms and armoured vehicles were cut from over three hundred last year to 151. Observers interpreted this move as an apparent gesture towards detente with the West.
However, Defence Minister, Marshal Andrei Grechko warned that the Soviet Union would continue to strengthen its military might in the face of what he called the aggressive forces imperialism and provocative Chinese policies.
Marshal Grechko's speech produced the second walk-out the Chinese Ambassador, Mr. Liu Hsin-chuan, from Soviet festivities in two days.
Apart from the sudden Chinese departure, little else marred the day of celebration. Soviet Communist Party Secretary-General, Mr. Leonid Brezhnev -- whose health has been the subject of increasing speculation recently -- accompanied Prime Minster Alexei Kosygin and President Nikolai Podgorny to review thousand of servicemen and Muscovites streaming over the newly-renovated cobbles of Red Square.
Also watching the parade from the Lenin Mausoleum Tribune was North Vietnamese communist Party leader, Mr. Le Duan -- whose country has taken pains to avoid being drawn into the increasingly bitter dispute between the Soviet Union and China.