Protecting London 2012 will be the biggest security challenge which Britain has faced in decades. That is the view of the defence secretary who has outlined the role of the military in the showpiece summer games.
Thirteen and a half thousand troops will provide back-up security to the civilian led operation, that is more than are presently deployed in Afghanistan. And it will not just be boots on the ground.
“Military hardware will be used, we’ll be deploying helicopters, we’ll be deploying Typhoon fighters to defend London’s airspace, we’ll be deploying ground to air missile systems. So the military will be using it’s full range of equipment to keep London safe during the Olympics,” explained Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.
It will not not only be London which will be protected, but every Olympic and Paralympic venue after organisers said international uncertainty meant security for the event needed to be doubled.
Some of the measures are in line with those taken in Beijing in 2008.