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Fighter jets and missiles on standby for Euro 2012

PR dla Zagranicy
Nick Hodge 30.05.2012 13:15
Fighter jets and surface-to-air missiles are set to be deployed in Poland's four host cities for the Euro 2012 tournament.
Photo: www.wojsko-polskie.plPhoto: www.wojsko-polskie.pl

Poland's Air Force is preparing for the tournament: photo - www.wojsko-polskie.pl

Details of the deployment were cited in the Dziennik Polski daily, echoing the planning of Poland's Government Security Centre (RCB), which declared a list of potential threats to the tournament earlier this year.

The Newa SC, an upgraded version of the old Soviet S-125 Neva/Pechora surface-to-air missiles, is among the artillery on standby for the tournament, alongside GROMs (Polish anti-aircraft missiles).

Meanwhile, three pairs of fighter jets will be policing Poland's airspace for the duration of the tournament, supplemented by army helicopters and aircraft operated by the Ministry of the Interior.

Special brigades of the Navy are also set to take part in ensuring security during Euro 2012.

In late January this year, the RCB revealed that it was preparing itself for a host of potential problems.

According to government experts, dilemmas that are considered to be 60-70 percent likely to occur include road catastrophes, riots among fans, floods and even plane crashes.

Furthermore, acts of terrorism, failures of communication systems, construction disasters and radiation contamination are considered to have a 50 to 60 percent chance of taking place.

The special security measures will last from 7 June to 2 July. (nh)

tags: Euro 2012
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