• Short Summary

    FOR THE FIRST TIME BRITISH AND AMERICAN FORCES HAVE JOINED TOGETHER TO TEST AN ARMS CONTROL DETECTION SYSTEM.

  • Description

    1.
    LV U.S. FLAG AND RAF FLAG SIDE BY SIDE ZOOM BACK
    0.10

    2.
    SV MAN DESCRIBES SENSING UNIT (SOF)
    0.53

    3.
    CU BOX ON ROADSIDE
    0.58

    4.
    CU TRACE ON PAPER BAND
    1.04

    5.
    CU RADIO ZOOM OUT TO OFFICERS LISTEN TO VOICE FROM RADIO (SOF)
    1.14

    6.
    SV JEEP PAST ON ROAD
    1.18

    7.
    SV MAN AT ROADSIDE REPORTS MOVEMENT OVER RADIO (SOF)
    1.23

    8.
    SV PAN CONVOY OF TANK TRANSPORTERS PAST
    1.46


    OFFICER: THIS IS HOW YOU MIGHT WORK WHEN STAKED OUT ON MILITARY PROPERTY TO RECORD TARGETS THAT PASS BY. IT RECORD ACCOUSTIC SIGNATURES, SEISMIC AND INFRARED ON A FOUR-CHANNEL TAPE RECORDER PLACED IN THE CENTRE OF THE BOX. ONCE A DAY WE TAKE OUT THESE TAPES FROM THE RECORDER, BEING THEM BACK TO OUR ANALYSIS FACILITY WHERE THEY ARE PLAYED BACK AND WE DETERMINE EXACTLY WHAT SORT OF TARGET PASSED EACH OF THESE POINTS. THE INFORMATION FROM THESE CENTRES IS THEN PASSED ON FOR ASSESSMENT AS TO WHAT IS THE MILITARY SITUATION IN THE AREA.



    MONITOR: AT THE MOMENT I SEE THE LIGHTS OF A CONVOY, COMING TOWARDS ME. I HAVEN'T DETERMINED WHAT IT IS OF YET.



    MONITOR: THE TIME IS NOW ZERO EIGHT FIVE THREE. I AM OBSERVING MOVING FROM SOUTH TO NORTH.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: FOR THE FIRST TIME BRITISH AND AMERICAN FORCES HAVE JOINED TOGETHER TO TEST AN ARMS CONTROL DETECTION SYSTEM. THE TEST IS KNOWN AS OPERATION FIRST LOOK, AND IT AIMS TO TEST VARIOUS METHODS OF ASSESSING TROOP MOVEMENTS UNDER AN IMAGINARY CONTROL TREATY.

    THE EXERCISE IS BEING STAGED IN A TEST AREA IN WILTSHIRE. ALL UNITS TAKING PART ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPLY INFORMATION ON STRENGTH AND OTHER ASPECTS WHICH CAN BE CHECKED BY TREATY INSPECTORS.

    THERE AUTHENTICITY OF INFORMATION IS TESTED IN SEVERAL WAYS. THERE ARE REMOTE MONITORING MACHINES WHICH GIVE INFORMATION ON THE TYPE AND VOLUME OF MILITARY CONVOYS.

    ANOTHER METHOD IS THE USE OF WHAT ARE TERMED 'OPEN SPIES', WHO PASS INFORMATION ON TROOP MOVEMENTS TO A CENTRAL ASSESSING CENTRE. THE TESTS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE UNTIL JUNE, AND MORE THAN FOUR HUNDRED BRITISH AND AMERICAN PERSONNEL WILL BE EMPLOYED ON SURVEILLANCE.

    IN THE LATER PART OF THE TESTS SPECIAL EQUIPMENT WILL BE USED TO DETECT CLANDESTINE BUILD-UPS OF MEN OR ARMS. THE FIRST RESULTS OF OPERATION FIRST LOOK WILL BE KNOWN IN OCTOBER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAERE1U1KV9MQNR0SQS7J4LYBAI
    Media URN:
    VLVAERE1U1KV9MQNR0SQS7J4LYBAI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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