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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

MoD confirms Olympic missile plans

Olympic RapierRapier and Starstreak surface-to-air missiles are to be deployed at sites around London in order to defend the Olympic Games from an airborne terrorist attack, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

While there are said to be no specific threats against the games, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that the public expected strong safety and security measures throughout the event.

"Ground-based air defence systems (GBADS) will form just one part of a comprehensive, multi-layered air security plan which, I believe, will provide both reassurance and a powerful deterrent," said Hammond.

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