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Saturday, May 05, 2012

UK military shows off missiles to protect Olympics

On a muddy field on the outskirts of London, Britain’s military showed off a weapon Thursday it hopes it never has to use.

The Rapier surface-to-air missile system has the power to take down a Boeing 747 full of passengers to protect a stadium full of 80,000 Olympic spectators in a terrorism nightmare scenario.

The British military insists the missiles — with a range of up to 8,000 meters (5 miles) — would be deployed only as a last line of defense. Experts say the likelihood that they will be fired is slim to none.

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