Throught Id start a thread with the various stories over the next couple of months on the Olympics security, which is the largest peacetime military civil support operation on mainland UK since WW2.
I don't think the Olympics has ever had this level of security, I wonder if there is a specific threat ? They are putting SAM batteries at 6 sites.
RAF Regiment heli snipers get the role of providing sniper support from the air.
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UK Armed Forces Train For Olympics Air Security
UK Armed Forces aircraft and personnel are this week taking part in the latest of a series of exercises training for their vital role providing air security for the Olympic Games.
The Air Security Plan for the Olympic Games builds on the Royal Air Force’s existing defence of UK airspace, which includes round-the-clock radar surveillance and Typhoon fighters held at high readiness every day of the year.
The exercise integrates the additional forces being used to ensure the safety of the Olympics, as part of the Ministry of Defence’s role to ensure a safe and secure Games this summer. These include RAF Puma aircraft - together with Royal Navy and Army Lynx helicopters - carrying teams of RAF Regiment snipers to intercept aircraft in restricted airspace, and airborne surveillance aircraft including Royal Navy Sea King ASACS (Airborne Surveillance and Control System) and RAF E-3D Sentry aircraft.
On the ground, the RAF is providing additional mobile ground radar systems, while the Army is deploying air observers and Rapier and Starstreak missile systems, which also provide additional detection capability, though a final decision on their deployment has yet to be taken.
Military begins Olympic security exercises in London
Surface-to-air missiles could be deployed at six sites in London during the Games
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A large-scale exercise to test the military contribution to the Olympics security effort has been taking place.
Tests of air defence missile systems at six sites across London using dummy armaments have begun.
And Typhoon jets, based at RAF Northolt in west London, will take to the skies over south-east England with Lynx, Sea King and Puma helicopters.
Exercise Olympic Guardian, which goes on until 10 May, will also see HMS Ocean sail to Greenwich in the capital.
Military chiefs have warned residents of an increase in loud air activity.
The exercises are testing how RAF personnel, soldiers and sailors will intercept and communicate with aircraft breaching restricted airspace during the London Games, which start in July.
The Ministry of Defence said the operations were building on the air force's existing defence of UK airspace.
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Defence correspondent, BBC News
Exercise Olympic Guardian is an opportunity to fine-tune military plans. But it is also aimed at reassuring the public. The Olympics is the biggest global sporting event and the world will be watching.
The sound of fighter jets and military helicopters, along with the sight of the Royal Navy's largest warship, HMS Ocean, in the Thames may reassure many. But for some, just talk of this military hardware is causing alarm - most notably the plans to station ground-based air defence systems at six sites around the capital.
The MoD says the government has not yet made a final decision on whether they will be deployed. In reality it is an essential element of any layered air defence system.
At present there is no specific threat, and the MoD hopes it can address concerns through public consultation. If all else fails, ministers could argue that under previous legislation they have the power to seize private property "in defence of the realm".
Games 'not immune' to net attack
Under the Air Security Plan, 30-miles (48km) of airspace surrounding the Olympic Park would become a restricted flying zone.
On the ground, the RAF will provide mobile ground radar systems, while the Army deploys air observers and high-velocity missiles.
The observers would be placed at 14 sites to spot potential air threats using binoculars with thermal imaging detecting systems.
Helicopters with Royal Air Force regiment snipers could also be used to intercept aircraft that entered the restricted airspace without permission, the RAF said.
Royal Marine commandos took part in a security exercise off Weymouth and Portland
The arrival of the Typhoon jets at RAF Northolt marked the first time fighter planes have been stationed there since World War II.
The operations also include the deployment of HMS Bulwark and other ships to Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour.