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Royal Navy Sea Kings added to Olympic security build up

2nd May 2012 - 15:47 GMT | by Tony Osborne in RAF Northolt

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The Royal Navy's Sea King Mk7 airborne surveillance and control helicopters are set to play their role in the security operations surrounding this year's London 2012 Olympic Games.

The helicopters, nicknamed 'Baggers' because of the configuration of the Searchwater 2000 radar carried in a Kevlar bag that hangs below the aircraft in flight, will be used to back up the radar surveillance network which being set up ready for the games. The network includes Type 101 mobile ground based radars and the E-3D Sentry airborne early warning aircraft.

Speaking on the eve of Exercise Olympic Guardian, an eight-day exercise putting

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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