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  • London's Air Defense Shield
    Posted by Robert Wall 6:24 AM on Apr 30, 2012

    London this week will see an exercise of likely security measures for the Olympic Games starting in July. 

    As part of that layered umbrella of security, which will see Eurofighter Typhoons based at RAF Northolt in the west of the city, the Defense Ministry has now also disclosed where it might position ground-based air defenses. The deployment of the systems in heavily residential areas has raised some eyebrows, although the locations are largely in London's East End (an area not spoiled by love and attention to urban planning).

    Here is the list of possible missile sites:

    SITE

    LOCATION

    GBAD SYSTEM

    Lexington Building

    Fairfield Road, Bow, Tower Hamlets, E3 2UF

    Starstreak High Velocity Missile (HVM)

    Fred Wigg Tower

    Montague Road Estate, Waltham Forest, E11 3ER

    HVM

    Blackheath Common

    Blackheath (Lewisham/Greenwich)

    Rapier

    William Girling Reservoir

    Lea Valley Reservoir Chain, Enfield

    Rapier

    Oxleas Wood

    Shooters Hill, Greenwich/Woolwich

    Rapier

    Barn Hill

    Netherhouse Farm, Barn Hill, Epping Forest

    Rapier

    Among the other military equipment in the region will be Lynx helos from the Royal Navy embarked on HMS Ocean, with the Typhoons at Northolt joined there by RAF Pumas and other assets.

    Tags: ar99, Olympics

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