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Star Struck by missiles

It was hard to see how putting missiles on the top of flats enhanced security during the Olympics. If a plane had managed to penetrate the exclusion zone and had not been destroyed by Tornados out in the countryside shooting it down over London would plainly cause massive casualties. It seemed at the time this was simply a demonstration of the power of the state to take this kind of action (the missiles were installed without the agreement of the residents, the MOD said they would only be consulted after the decision to use them had been taken) to impress corporations and governments and show off its hardware.

The marketing ploy seems to have paid off. The missiles deployed on top of the blocks of flats were Star streak missiles. The Thai Government was apparently sufficiently impressed to put in an order.

The UK Defence and Trade Organisation is happy to connect the dots:

'The high-profile role of STARStreak in the air security plan for London 2012 has led to increased interest in the system around the world.'


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