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London Olympics: Army deploy missiles on residential apartment blocks

by | 28th, April 2012

THE London Olympics is coming, and on the roofs of residential apartment blocks in the east of London the military are placing Ground Based Air Defence systems consisting of ground rapier units and the smaller High Velocity Missile systems. These will be manned 24/7 by armed soldiers. Bet that makes the residents below feel much safer.

Residents like Brian Wheelan, who tweets the leaflet. He says:

“Just got a leaflet through the door saying the army are putting missiles on my roof during Olympics. For context, I live in a private gated development (yuppie, I know) near the Olympics site. At no point were residents met with over this.”

He adds that the building was “recently struck by lightning: and:

“This is to be located on a tower that is currently shut because of falling debris, in a private development. Mental.”

Is it?

London is being militarised :

  • HMS OCEAN, the largest ship in the Royal Navy’s fleet, which will be berthed in the Thames at Greenwich, providing logistics support, accommodation and a helicopter landing site;
  • Typhoon jets, stationed temporarily at RAF Northolt in London and helicopters, likely to be Puma and Lynx, operating from HMS OCEAN to support airspace security;

Chances are that Brian’s got one of these on his roof:

The Starstreak HVM (High Velocity Missile) is designed to counter threats from very high performance, low-flying aircraft and fast ‘pop-up’ strikes by helicopter attacks. The missile, which travels at more than three times the speed of sound, uses a system of three dart-like  projectiles, allowing multiple hits on the target. HVM can be fired from the shoulder, from a lightweight multiple launcher or from the Stormer armoured vehicle.

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