When Eurofighter Typhoons deployed to London to protect the Olympics

In the September 2012 issue of AirForces Monthly, Dr Dave Sloggett looked at the defence of the Olympic Games

To counter IRA terrorists in the 1980s and 1990s, a ‘Ring of Steel’ was erected around the City of London using technology to detect and disrupt their operations.  From a reputational viewpoint the 2012 Olympic Games is a make-or-break situation – the tragic events at Munich in 1972 will always cast a shadow over the Games.  Hardly anyone remembers the sporting events that occurred.  For those responsible for the London Games, the stakes simply could not be higher.  Therefore, nothing is being left to chance.


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