Olympic missiles

Residents in London, England, have lost their High Court battle to prevent surface-to-air missiles being stationed on the roof of a 17-storey residential tower block during the Olympics. A judge ruled on Wednesday that residents at the Fred Wigg Tower in Leytonstone, east London, did not have an arguable case. The tenants fear the missile base above their heads could make them the focus for a terrorist attack. Blackheath Common, Blackheath POTENTIAL THREATS PROPOSED MISSILE SITES

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Rapier Starstreak

Fred Wigg Tower is one of six locations in the capital where missiles will be deployed to protect Games venues.

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Residents opposed to missile site

Oxleas Meadow, Shooters Hill William Girling Reservoir, Enfield Barn Hill, Netherhouse Farm, Epping Forest Fred Wigg Tower, Montague Road Estate, Leytonstone Lexington Building, Fairfield Road, Bow, Tower Hamlets

• Al-Qaida • Extremist individuals • Attacks by Irish republican groups • Terrorism resulting from international dispute

Olympic Park

RAPIER

SECURITY PERSONNEL 13,000 Britain’s security 12,600 PRIVATE operations include police, MILITARY SECURITY military personnel, airships, 12,000
fighter jets and missiles

Range: More than 8 km Speed: Mach 2.5 Laser-guided, can engage two targets at once

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Waddington IRELAND U.K. London Weymouth

2.3m

Range: 0.3 km-7 km Speed: Mach 3.5 Three high-density darts guided to same target by laser beam Missile releases darts 400 m after launch

STARSTREAK

Rapier missiles

OLYMPIC MISSILES

Fins Starstreak missiles would be mounted on rooftops
SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1; INFOGRAPHIC BY TARA CORRAN/QMI AGENCY

First stage motor launches missile from tube
Sources: Graphic News; Google Maps

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