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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta War research hasn't slowed down a bit By DREW MIDDLETON New York Times Service NEW YORK War's new technology is closing the mili- tary gap in Central Europe. Weapons are becoming avail- able, informed sources say, that, deployed in sufficient number, could reduce the east's advantage in convention- al warfare and economize on the most expensive military North Atlantic Treaty Organ- ization forces would be able to inflict very heavy losses on in- vading ground forces and to match the pact's air threat without recourse to tactical nu- clear weapons, they say, If NATO's European members are prepared to pay for weap- ons and equipment under de- velopment or in production in America and Europe. NATO Intelligence sources re- port that Soviet and other pact forces have improved the qual- ity of weapons and equipment to a startling degree in the last 24 months. Russian forces in East Ger- many, for example, are far ahead of NATO in special equipment and training for nu- clear battlefields. European defense officials ar- gue that the only means of at once reducing the Soviet edge and compensating for an ex- pected withdrawal of American troops is the number most often mentioned later in this decade is the develop- ment and production of sophis- ticated weapons that do not de- mand extensive manpower. In the present atmosphere of East West detente, they say, no NATO government has the political strength to raise addi- tional troops to replace the de- parting Americans. Strongest card However, according to one of- ficial American assessment, the introduction of sufficient num- bers of anti tank weapons coupled with the support of at- tack aircraft helicopters and multiple purpose artillery will make tank attacks on prepared positions "generally unreward- ing." These anti tank weapons are American. But European arms producers are now offering a wide range of increasingly ef- fective systems for destroying or disabling tanks Armor has been the Soviets' ttrongest card since NATO and the Warsaw Pact took shape. Authoritative sources cone e d e that the laser may be the anti- tank weapon of the future and that It is already extremely im- portant in bombing. But a laser "death ray" is in the future and the present tendency is to con- centrate on less esoteric and theaper weapons. Emphasis on lasers for the moment is in the defense of air bases against low flying air- craft and of ships against cruise missiles like the Rus- sian Styx. The Warsaw Pact's superior- ity in numbers of tanks is about three to one on NATO's central front between Denmark and the Alps. The tank remains the principal anti tank weapon be- cause of its mobility, its coun- ter attack power and its ami' or. Both the Russians and the west consider that armor gives the tank a nuclear battlefield capability. Tanks are expensive. Contem- porary main battle tanks, and NATO has of them in Cen- tral Europe, cost between 000 and each. The west seeking cheaper weapons has concentrated on anti tank guided missiles, al- though special armored ve- hicles equipped with such missiles and launchers may cost as much as each. The French SS-11, since 1959 the standard anil tank mis- sile in eight NATO armies, is giving way to the American TOW (tube launched, optical- ly guided, wiretracked) mis- sile and the British Swingfire. These weapons, carried in ar- mored vehicles, have ranges of to metres. Five experiment In the future Is the French Acra, a super sonic missile with infra-red laser guidance, and HOT, a French German project. The U.S. Seventh Army In Gerjiany has equipped its Sher- idan reconnaissance vehicles and its M60A2 main battle tanks with Shillelagh missiles. Five NATO nations are devel- oping and producing lighter an- ti tank missiles that can be carried in battle by infantry and that are capable of destroy- ing most Warsaw Pact tanks. The U.S. Army is introduc- ing Dragon, a weapon with a range of meters and a 6.7 kilogram warhead in 1973. Eventually it will be fitted with a laser range finder. The French and Germans have de- veloped Milan, a similar weap- on, and the British and Belgians are producing Atlas which can be fitted with a laser guidance system. On the lower scale are un- giiided rockets small enough and cheap enough to be widely distributed Io infantry. They are effective at ranges up to 800 yards and, as one British officer wrote in a report, "ob- viously (hose will be effective only when used by regular troops, they're not for boys." Minelets and Bomblets or area weapons are a novel and rapidly developing weapon in anti tank warfare. The Minelet is a veiy small mine that can be scattered by aircraft, artillery shells or rock- ets in front of attacking tanks. It can distinguish between in- fantry and tanks and is power- ful enough to halt a tank by damaging its tracks. The American Minelet Is grass hopper. The West Ger- mans have developed Medusa and Pandora and the British are at work on yet another ver- sion. The second area weapon, the Bomblet, could be used against tanks and many other targets. Germany's bomblet is the most advanced. Area weapons produced In large numbers are likely to prove the cheapest anti tank weapon. They will not be able to "kill" tanks but (heir disab- ling power is expected (o slow tank attacks and open them to air and ground retaliation. Pool reports record year CALGAHY fCPl The Al- bert a Tool handled a record bushels ol grain during the 1971 72 crop years, Hie pool's annual meet- ing was told Monday. The previous high was bushels in 1970-71. Operating profit on tho year was compared with in the preceding 12 months. The amount of tho prolit to be returned (o member-owners as patronage dividends is to be set at the annual meeting which should continue about two weeks. President G. L. Harold told n news conference Ihe pool is ncgolialiiiK ivilh the CPR to extend Ihe siding at Ihe west coast grain terminal Io hold trains of 134 hopper cars. Tho pool would nlso like to see the railway improve some of its secondary trackage so the hopper cars can be filled at more country elevators, he said. The hopper cars are larger Ihnn the usunl boxcars used for grnln and some tracks oft the mainline cannot take the weight. Mr. Hun-old said despite the good foreign market for Cana- dian whcnl, farmers should not ninke a massive switch from oilier grains nnd oilseeds. HOW'S THAT AGAIN? Well, it could be that there it no parking on this New York street limply because all parking spaces are filled. Thunder, November 30, IFTHBK1DOE HBIAID 11 SOON YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BUY A NEW 'CRUMP-ABLE' POUCH CAN TORONTO (CP) Within i year, the Canadian consumer may be buying food products packaged in a aew kind of "can" that will crumple in one hand. The "crumple able the latest attempt by the packag- ing industry to reduce costs, storage space and damage to the environment, is expected to hit the consumer market at a rate of about 100 million In the next 12 to 14 months. The package industry says at leart 12 large Canadian compa- nies are planning Io package some of their products in the new containers Instead of In glass or tin. First products are scheduled to be Juices, nuts, candy, snacks, olives' sauces and some automotive chemi- cals. The new container Is a flex- ible pouch made of miro-thin aluminum foil and film. It is de- signed to stand upright when filled. The pouch was Invented In France and is familiar in Eu- rope where about one billion ere sold annually. But it is new to Canada's pack- aging industry. Industry, aware of rising re- tail food costs, estimates the pouch may cut packaging costs up to 50 per cent. A saving of almost a case Is estimated over pull-top cana. Packagers, also sensttivt la criticism from ecologists, that because the pouches are easily crumpled and thrown Into waste baskets, fewer will eod up as Utter. They burn easily. Packagers also sea advan- tages in elimination of exam materials, separate labels, and pull-libs. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC FDDY DIETRICH Certified Denial Mechanic Cqpitol Furniture Bldg. Hi PHONE 328-7664 1M 3nCI Are The One In Palazzo Pants! i There you are dashing by day, degago I UU by night and wearing ihe smashingesl panls you'Ve seen in years. Palatzasi Sugar palp flannels or ilark beautiful black crepe. All pure wool, naturally. Teom ihem with sofl sexy tops. Wowl loft-shirt. Polyesler. White, Blue, Pink. 10-18. c_Palazzo pant of pure wool flannel. Palei of Yellow, Pink, Blue. 8-16 holler lop. Lined. Silver, S.M.L Ladltt Sporhwtar pant of Stark Black 8-16 wool crops. SIMPSONS bears STORE HOURS: Open Doily 9 a.m to p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cenlro Vilage. Telephone 328-9231 See the Dodge Colt and other T973's now on display at KING CHRYSLER DODGE LTD. Corner of llth St. and 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-9271 ;