From the exercises they have made very public it seems they think any airborne threat will be small aircraft with packages.
I remember something like this being posted before...
Rehashed news, how disappointing.
Better safe than sorry anyways.
You British and Americans are crazy paranoid IMO.
So many cameras. So much military. Only time I remember massive security in my country was when Obama visited, and they placed SAMs on farmers fields, swept for bombs, had convoys and apache helicopters. I had never seen anything like that.
Seriously how expensive is that guy's travelling?
This seems a little bit overkill, are we worried that Russia's going to invade or suicide bombers are going to take flight?
I remember a while ago that America was crying because "we didnt have ebough security" and thats how these ideas cake about. Its an old article sonehwere on FP
It also acts as a deterrent, when potential terrorists hear that they're going to the effort of placing SAMs around the place they realise that it might not be such a good idea to try anything.
I watched a thing on the Secret Service the other night, it was really fascinating.
Besides, it's not about actually killing people, it's about terror. The government will start thinking "what if those SAMs weren't there?" and they'll start spending money on more and more security. All you need to do is have a singular attack every three years or so against that security, and as long as there's even a faint idea that what they have may not be enough to stop you from attacking they'll keep spending more money on things that may not necessarily work.
If Terrorists are going to attack the Olympics it will not be the main games due to the Insane amount of security. They would most likely target a team in the city they are based in during the games. For example China's team is situated in leeds and Brazil's in sheffield two easy targets. Kill them and its free publicity
Actually somewhat clever plan to draw massive attention to a certain event and then deal with the unfocused or lessened security somewhere completely else.
They should also plant mines around areas where athletes are performing, to make sure no one can run up to them unhindered
Nation state prickwaving yay
Well, imagine if there was some sort of airborne attack during the games. Would you then criticize the government for not deploying readily available assets to combat such a threat? I'd imagine, yes probably, given recent history.
Then again, I'm not saying its a good or bad thing we are deploying them, just a sad reminder of the world we live in at the moment.
Call me crackers, but I'd call a terrorist attack pretty damned successful if they got their missiles in the air/aircraft on the way/whatever it is. Even if they get shot down people will still know what's happened and depending on the range, debris everywhere over a crowded Olympic village (If not the stadium/park itself then the miles of surrounding hotels, car parks, train stations, shops... And further out various shitty council estates.)
Better to have a 'worst case' final ring of missile batteries than not I suppose. Twisted metal landing all over the place is still better than shit blowing up entirely.
Oh and while I was there for my dad running some event around the park/stadium it was also basically a dress-rehearsal for the ground security staff... We accidentally brought in all sorts without incident. Reassuring!
If I was a terrorist organization, I'd be making olympics my temporary top priority. It's a perfect event for their goals.
Can't exactly blame UK for securing the place.
What's that noise?
Of course, they're probably going to have quite a bit of security to prevent such a thing.
I've thought for a while that terrorists who try to hijack planes are dumb - why not blow up a bus or a train or something, literally anything is easier than a plane
I wonder what would happen if you flew a large RC airplane carrying stink-bombs over the stadium. . . Would it get shot down by a SAM?
Oh god, they are deploying starstreaks. They are going to have guys sitting on the water tower with shoulder launched missiles.
What the hell do they plan on doing with those?
First of all, they aren't terribly good MANPADS. Who makes a surface to air missile require a laser guidance by the operator from start to finish?
Second of all, MANPADS almost universally aim to disable aircraft and then let gravity bring them down. Eventually. Helicopters being the most vulnerable followed by fixed with fighter aircraft (assuming you can actually paint a fighter aircraft attempting to avoid your missile). But the terrorist aircraft of choice is a transport aircraft such as a 737. Shoot a 737 with a starstreak and all you have is a 737 with some holes in it. Even assuming you manage to hit the engine (again, laser guided, not heat seeking. A stinger would specifically destroy the engine, as it is the heat producing portion of the aircraft, but a starstreak is much more likely to collide with the fuselage, as it is the largest component and easiest to paint.), even the smallest of the major passenger aircraft have two engines and can maintain flight for a significant period of time on one engine, if not indefinitely (fuel permitting).
Basically you can shoot a passenger aircraft with several of these and likely have little to no effect on it still colliding with any major group of people.
If they are expecting an attack from gunship helicopters, then these would be perfect, buuuuut I doubt that is really the threat they expect.
Shoot down an aircraft and they send more.
Sign your name with the missile exhaust trail and THEN shoot down an aircraft and they might reconsider!
Don't forget Terrorists have hit the olympic games/ teams multiple times in the past
It's still a terrible choice though, I don't get why they don't use something more sophisticated though. From what I understand they have the stinger at their disposal if they wanted to use it.
To be honest though, when I heard this news I expected "proper" SAMs like China had around during their Olympics. Although I don't even know what the UK has for that purpose.