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April 20, 1990 - Image 38

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-04-20

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6 MONTH HIGH INCOME C.D.

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38

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 1990

A British customs officer inspects a section of tubing seized as suspected parts of a gigantic gun, bound
for Iraq.

HELEN DAVIS

Foreign Correspondent

B

ritish investigative
authorities have es-
tablished beyond
doubt that eight massive
steel pipes, seized by
customs officers just before
they were to have been load-
ed aboard an Iraqi-bound
vessel late last week, were
intended for military pur-
poses.
Once clipped together,
they say, the precisely
calibrated, tapered pipes
would have formed the core
of a three-stage rocket laun-
cher capable of carrying a
large Iraqi military payload.
One senior British Customs
official said at the weekend
that it was now "one hun-
dred percent certain" that
the pipes were destined for a
launch system which could
carry rocket-borne weapons.
Any residual doubts about
the purpose of the pipes were
swept aside by revelations of
solid links between the two
British companies involved
in producing the pipes and
the Brussels-based Space
Research Corp.
The Belgian company has
longstanding and close
military links with Iraq and
was responsible for develop-
ing two new self- propelled
guns — the Fao and the Maj-
noun — which were unveiled
in the Iraqi capital last May.
The Belgian company,
which is devoted exclusively

to designing military hard-
ware, was headed by Dr.
Gerald Bull, who has been
described as the greatest ar-
tillery genius of his genera-
tion and is widely considered
to have been the only man
capable of designing a
"super-gun."
His company is believed to
have acted as an agent of the
Iraqi government and the
intermediary between Iraq
and the two British com-
panies which made the
pipes.
Canadian-born Bull had
close links to Iraq and was
suspected of involvement in
the abortive attempt to
smuggle 40 nuclear trigger-
ing devices from San Diego
to Baghdad last month. The
triggers were seized by
British customs officials at
London's Heathrow Airport
just before they were to have
been loaded aboard an Iraqi
Airlines plane bound for
Baghdad.
On March 22, shortly after
the devices were seized, a
still- unidentified gunman
pumped five bullets into
Bull as he stepped out of the
elevator of his apartment
building in the fashionable
Brussels suburb of Uccle.
Belgian police - believe he
was killed by a professional
assassin.
Immediately after the
pipes were seized on the
wharfside at the British port
of Middlesborough last
Wednesday, customs officers
raided the two British corn-

panies and removed docu-
mentation relating to their
manufacture.
Papers taken from the
company's offices showed
that the specifications of the
pipes produced in Britain
precisely matched those of
Bull's design for a rocket
launcher which was con-
tained in an obscure book on
projectile technology, The
Paris Gun,published in West
Germany two years ago by
Wilhelm Geschutze.
There had been doubts
that the pipes, which would
measure some 40 metres
long when assembled, could
constitute the components of
a 1,000mm caliber gun be-
cause it was thought the
barrel would explode under
the pressure of such a huge
payload.
According to Bull's
blueprint, however, the
"gun" — the largest device
of its kind ever made —
would not fire a conven-
tional shell but rather a
small, self-propelled, guided
rocket.
The rocket would travel
through the barrel, but its
real propulsion would be
provided by its own motor,
which would ignite once it
was free of the barrel. It
would be capable of carrying .
a nuclear, chemical or
biological warhead.
Bull stipulated that the
launcher must be built from
"short, high-pressure sec-
tions of smooth-bore piping"
which would be bolted

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