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March 14, 1955
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Approved For Release 2008/06/19: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA006100010003-3 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY INFORMATION REPORT ;COUNTRY East Germany SUBJECT Development of Tropics-Proof Installations for East German Telecommunications Industry 25X1 DATE OF INFO. PLACE ACQUIRED DATE ACQUIRED THE SOURCE EVALUATIONS IN THIS REPORT ARE DEFINITIVE. THE APPRAISAL OF CONTENT IS TENTATIVE. V This material contains information affecting the National Defense of the United States within the meaning of the Espionage Laws, Title 18, U.S.C. Secs. 793 and 794, the transmission or revel. ation of which in any manner to an unauthorized person is prohibited by law. REPORT DATE DISTR. NO. OF PAGES 14 March 1955 REQUIREMENT NO. RD REFERENCES 25X1. (Not'A': Washington distribution- Indicated by "X"; Field distribution by 25X1 1. The East German Ministry for Machiiie Cors'tructipn, in early January 1955,, issued an order to the Central Laboratory 'for Telecommunications Tech- nology (Zentrailaboratorium fuer Fernmeldotechnik - ZLF) in Berlin- Treptow to start immediately the developme# of an install tion for then. purpose of investigating the tropic climate'r$sistanoe (Tropenfestigkeit) of non-automatic, semi-automatic and fully automatic telecommunications equipment. This order was issued because df',the'fact that the East German tele ons industry had a relatively high number of export 25X1 orders from ed China. All those orders specified that the equipment to be delivered was to be tropic-resistant. None of the East German enterprises engaged inthe production of telecommunications., ..equip;?ent had an installation for investigation of tropic climat4 resist- ance. So far, the equipment destined for a ort to tropical regions had been made tropic-proof very superficially with'the aid of an allegedly tropic-proof lacquer. The lacquer so far used in East Germany had turned out ,.~o be of no value. 2. The main construction department of the ZLF, in compliance with the order from the Ministry, started to build an installation,' in the form of`a large aquarium. It was, however, :.. r. ;, doubted by experts that this installation would be able to fulfill its 'purpose. In rid-J~ue r'Y ~ 955. repr-esentatjres of the. ZLF had a conference with' officials of the `Min- istry for Machine Construction in order to find'ways of achieving the required purpose. It was planned to o ll tropics expe~rts to East Dermany, from abroad. Approved For Release 2008/06/19: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA006100010003-3