Monday, April 30, 2012

Olympics: Missiles May Be Deployed At Six Sites

Surface-to-air missiles could be deployed at six sites across London to prevent any aerial terror attacks on Olympic venues during this summer's Games, the Ministry of Defence has said.

Officials are consulting with residents and housing associations at several locations - including two apartment blocks - in the capital.

The rooftops Lexington House in Bow, Tower Hamlets, and the Fred Wigg Tower in Waltham Forest, both in east London, have been identified as potential sites to host the weapons, capable of shooting down aircraft.

Blackheath Common and Oxleas Wood, both in southeast London, plus William Girling Reservoir in the Lea Valley Reservoir Chain in Enfield, and Barn Hill at Netherhouse Farm in Epping Forest, are also being considered as possible locations.

The move forms part of Olympic Guardian - a major exercise this week involving the testing of security and defence systems by the British army, navy and air force, together with the police.

This includes consultations on the placement of two types of missiles during the Games - the Rapier, and high velocity Starstreak.

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