SAM defence for 2012 Olympics

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  1. MoD looking at residential sites to site surface to air missiles

    BBC
    London 2012: Missiles may be placed at residential flats
    The Ministry of Defence says it is evaluating sites for surface-to-air missiles for the Olympic Games, and could place them at residential flats.

    Residents at an estate in east London have received a leaflet saying soldiers could be placed there during the Games.

    It says part of an air defence system might be based at a water tower on the estate, where 700 people live.

    A spokesman said the MoD had not yet decided whether to deploy ground based air defence systems during the Games.

    The leaflet states that members of the Armed Forces will be at the location for a military exercise in early May for between five and seven days, between 2 and 7 May.

    It goes on to say that there will be a "major national exercise" from 2 to 10 May to test the Armed Forces' capabilities to help the police provide security during the Olympics.
    Improve security

    And if the government decides to use the missiles during the Games, then the soldiers could be "operationally deployed for a period of up to two months this summer".

    BBC News - London 2012: Missiles may be placed at residential flats
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  2. This promises to be an interesting event. I just wish I wasn't working in the area at that time
     
  3. Sky News looping some whinging Irishman who's outraged about having missiles on his roof. In his view it's entirely uneccessary because the Olympics will not be a terrorist target.

    Why do they give airtime to these f*ckwits?
     
  4. He's just hoping to steal them for scrap metal.
     
  5. I should have thought that once an aircraft is over London, it makes little difference whether it is deliberately crashed into the Olympic stadium, or is shot down over the high-density housing of which the city consists. More 'security theatre' IMO.
     
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  6. Brian wheelans just made imself a target for :)
    bored squaddies wouldnt possibly target him would they?
     
  7. No harm done if it crashes into Tower Hamlets.
     
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  8. Reality, Londons 'worst case' civil disaster has always been an airliner running out of height, airspeed and ideas over central Lomdon on a Saturday. IIRC, they reckoned one flopping onto the Oxford Street area could potentially cause 100,000 casualties.
    So the chances of zapping one with a SAM and making this doomsday scenario come true? **** all squared. They will know perfectly well that it wouldn't even need some Jihaddies to actually take over the plane, just make a big fuss on finals shouting Allah u akbar etc and the SAM would do the rest.

    As has been said, pure theatre.
     
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  9. I love this blokes quotes,

    ''We have a gym and a pool and people have seen them there so it makes you think it will be some sort of Army base - it's not ideal." A gym and a pool make a base?

    ''I've looked these (the missiles) up and I don't think they're the kind of thing you can fire over a highly populated area like Tower Hamlets, think of the debris." Glad a 28 yr old freelance journo is a Rapier and expert.

    ''I don't think it needs to be here at all. 'I don't see how the decision was made or who made it." Lucky he's also an air defence specialist whilst blissfully unaware of the opportunity for an, "out of touch/ uncaring/ top brass/ wouldn't see this in Kensington' type quote!

    I do enjoy the, "I know nothing about this, yet feel the need to complain as if I have an informed opinion" tone of this halfwit.
     
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  10. Would that count as a jihaddie own goal?
     
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  11. He's dyslexic. He's seen two blokes called Jim and Paul and assumed they must be looking for missile sites.
     
  12. skid2

    skid2 LE Book Reviewer

    As I'm staying the hell away from London and the Olympics. I don't really care, but if I had an opinion about SAMs in a built up area. I would be more worried about where they ended up than where they started
     
  13. SAMs + Soldiers + Chavs + Benefit people = Should be an interesting mix
     
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  14. All academic anyway, unless they can identify which aircraft to shoot down.

    Has there been specific recognition & identification training for this?
     
  15. The ones that got past the Typhoons and armed helicopters?