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The Ministry of Defence says that similar missile defence systems have been deployed at all recent Olympic Games.
They will be in place by mid-July, along with Royal Navy helicopter carrier HMS Ocean (which will be moored in the River Thames), Royal Air Force Typhoon jets (which will be temporarily stationed at RAF Northolt), and Puma helicopters (at a Territorial Army centre in Ilford).
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that ground based air defence systems will be deployed at the following sites in order to protect the Olympics.
Lexington Building, Fairfield Road, Bow, Tower Hamlets - High Velocity Missile
Fred Wigg Tower, Montague Road Estate, Waltham Forest - High Velocity Missile
Blackheath Common, Blackheath (Lewisham/Greenwich) - Rapier
William Girling Reservoir, Lea Valley Reservoir Chain, Enfield - Rapier
Oxleas Meadow, Shooters Hill, Greenwich/Woolwich - Rapier
Barn Hill, Netherhouse Farm, Epping Forest - Rapier.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond MP said:
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that missile systems will be deployed at six sites in and around London for the duration of the Olympics.