LONDON 2012 SUMMER OLYMPIC UPDATE: SURFACE TO AIR MISSLES TO BE PLACED ON ROOF TOPS
Missiles are to be placed on roof tops and around strategic places within the Olympic site, ranging from Waltham Forest, Blackheath common, the Lea Valley Reservoir and some parts of Epping Forest.
The missiles travel at three times the speed of sound with a range of 3.4 miles. British Prime Minister, David Cameron will the ultimate responsibility for any decision to fire the missiles if required.
According to General Sir Nick Parker, in charge of Olympic operations “we are practising for the worst case scenario, not the most likely scenario but we believe that it is prudent to be prepared. It is sensible to prepare for the worst.
General Parker said Typhoon fighter jets patrolling the skies would be the first line of defence followed by snipers in helicopters