FEATURE ARTICLE THE UAR MISSILE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Created: 8/7/1962

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FEATURE

THE UAR MISSILE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

In connection with the recent week-long celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, tho UAR displayed two missiles aa evidence of Arab scientific and technological achievement. Onuly the press witnessed,istance of six or seven miles, tho firing of four missilesocationoiles northwest of Cairo. The UAR announced that two different types of single-stage missiles had been fired. Ten of each of these types were displayed in the military parade onuly in Cairo. The larger missile, called Conqueror, was described by Western sources aseet long,eet in diameterluster of four exhaust nozzles visible at the rear. The smaller missile, Victor, was described aseet in length,nches in diameterell-shaped nozzle protruding from the side of tho missile at about the mid-point. The Egyptiansangeiles for the Conqueroriles for the Victor. No mention of payload was made at any time.

ress conference onuly, President Nasir outlined the development program for the Conqueror, statingask force for tho creationAR missile program had been set up several years ago, with final assembly of the first missile taking place early The first flight test in! wasailure. Nasir stated the second flight test in1 wasut that Egyptian scientists destroyed it at an altitude ofilometers to prevent its_ observation by foreigners./^

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The United Arab Republic has displayed an intense interest in acquiring guided missiles since shortly after World War II and has approached most of the missile-producing nations of the world at one time or another.

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The history of German work on missiles in Egypt stems from the efforts of German expatriates with wartime missile experience shortly after World War II.umber of task forces have been assembled for the purpose ofallistic missile; these have heretofore had negative results. Previous groups seem to have failed either from disagreements between the Germans and the Egyptians or the inability of the Egyptians to translate the German designs into actual hardware.

iNOvemoer iyu Saenger was asked by the West Germans to resign from his position as director because of the publicity accorded his workonsultant to the UARossible conflict of interest with classified work done at his institute for NATO. 7

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