Friday, July 13, 2012

British Royal Air Force prepared to use lethal force during Games

The British Royal Air Force says it is prepared to use lethal force against any threat to the Olympic Games. 

 New airspace restrictions are coming into force in London, with a prohibited zone declared around a 50-kilometre radius of the capital as of this weekend.

Commercial aircraft will still be able to use defined corridors, but any planes flying close to the Olympic Park are at risk of being shot down.

Surface-to-air missiles are already in place, while Typhoon jets and Puma helicopters with snipers will be patrolling the restricted zone and intercepting any aircraft which should not be inside it.

Fighter jets have also been deployed in the capital for the first time since World War II.

"As a last resort, we will have lethal force as an option," Olympics air security commander Stuart Atha said.

He said any such decision would be made at "the highest level of government" and would be the "worst-case scenario".

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