November 15, 2011
Ground-to-air missiles will be deployed to protect the London Olympics next year, under a plan being drawn up by the Ministry of Defence.
Both the RAF and Royal Navy have such weapons in their arsenals, but it would be the first time they are deployed to protect civilians, defence officials said
The defence secretary, Philip Hammond, confirmed the plan after the Guardian reported that the US has raised repeated concerns about security at the London Olympics and is preparing to send up to 1,000 of its agents, including 500 from the FBI, to cover the Games.
Hammond’s predecessor, Liam Fox, raised the issue of security in the Commons on Monday,saying that surface-to-air missiles had been deployed at the Olympic Games at Atlanta in 1996.
He asked Hammond to confirm “there will be a full level of multilayered defence and deterrence for the London Games, including ground-to-air based missiles in London”.
This article was posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 3:50 am