Surface-to-air missiles to be mounted atop London building

April 29th, 2012 - 6:48 pm ICT by IANS  

London, April 29 (IANS) Surface-to-air missiles may be mounted atop at least one block of flats in London during the upcoming Olympics, a media report said Sunday.

According to the Daily Express, the ministry of defence was forced to confirm the plans - that include positioning troops and air defence missiles - on top of a building, after a resident revealed he had received a leaflet about it.

“They are going to have a test run next week, putting high velocity missiles on the roof just above our apartment and they’re stationing police and military in the tower for two months. We have a ministry of defence leaflet saying the building is the only suitable place in the area,” said Brian Whelan, a 28-year-old journalist.

The ministry said if the test run was a success, ­missiles would be deployed at sites around London, to protect the skies during the Olympics.

Whelan said the missiles and the 10-strong team of soldiers ­stationed at the private, gated building in Bow, East London, could make it a target for terrorists.

The air defence systems “could be deployed as part of a multi-layered air ¬≠security plan for the Olympics, including fast jets and helicopters, which will protect the skies over London during the Games”, a ministry spokesman said.

He, however, said no final decision has been taken on the deployment of missiles.

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