Foreign News: RED CHALLENGE ON THE GROUND

IN the worldwide alarm over Soviet long-range missiles, scant attention was paid to the U.S. Army's warning that Russia has made startling progress in the development and production of conventional weapons. Last week, with its Explorer triumphantly orbiting, the Army found a readier audience for its down-to-earth worries. The Army's argument: if it is to meet the Soviet challenge on the ground, it needs more and newer hardware.

Films of new Soviet weapons paraded in Moscow last November shook a cherished tenet of Western military men: that what the West's forces lacked in...

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