Just got a leaflet through the door saying the army are putting missiles on my roof during Olympics. twitter.com/brianwhelanhac…Kate Draper has also tweeted that she has received a similar leaflet:
— Brian Whelan (@brianwhelanhack) April 28, 2012
A water tower in my building is being fitted with a GBAD system that can fire MISSILES to protect the Olympics.Military are moving in WTF!The leaflet above (click to enlarge) indicates that the army plans to use Rapier missiles developed by Paris-based MBDA (formerly Matra BAe Dynamics UK) and the Starstreak HVM (High Velocity Missile), which the army says "is designed to counter threats from very high performance, low-flying aircraft and fast 'pop up' strikes by helicopter attacks".
— Katie Draper (@Drapesmonkey) April 28, 2012
There's a useful outline of Brian's tweets on this discovery and the issues it raises at the Latent Existence blog, which rightly speculates what on earth a missile battery over London would be used for: I have my doubts that prospective terrorists are capable of 'pop up helicopter strikes', so the obvious answer is shooting down a passenger plane in the event of a hijacking. But its also worth remembering that missiles can and do mis-fire - as this one filmed in the Falkland Islands did in early 2009. If something similar happened in east London, it is sobering to think that it's Whelan's neighbours that are under all that high explosive