Britain unveils Olympics missile plan

London, May 3: Britain Thursday unveiled surface-to-air missiles which could be deployed at six sites across London during the Olympics.

The Rapier and smaller high-velocity missiles would be used as “prudent measures” to safeguard the Games and would be protected by armed police, The Independent reported quoting the joint air defence team.

The weapons were showcased at Blackheath Army Cadet Centre, in south east London, as part of a massive 2012 security test on land, sea and in the air.

Colonel Jon Campbell, commander of the Joint Ground Based Air Defence, said: “We have done as much as we can to allay people’s fears.”

The Lexington Building in Tower Hamlets and the Fred Wigg Tower in Waltham Forest, both in east London, have been identified as potential sites for the High Velocity Missiles.

Rapier missiles would be positioned on Blackheath Common and in Oxleas Wood, both in south east London, and at William Girling Reservoir Chain in Enfield and Barn Hill at Netherhouse Farm in Epping Forest, both in north London, should the Air Security Plan be approved by the government, the newspaper added.

IANS