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Swedish radar used to protect London skies during Olympics

20th September 2012 - 13:30 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London

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The Swedish Armed Forces played a key role in the low-level aerial surveillance of the airspace around London during the Olympics, it has been revealed.

According to information released on the country's armed forces website on 18 September, Swedish personnel deployed a single Saab-built Giraffe AMB - designated in Sweden as the Underrättelseenhet (UndE) 23 - radar system to a site east of London and conducted surveillance of the airspace throughout the period of the Olympic Games.

The deployment, previously undisclosed by the UK Ministry of Defence, was apparently requested by the UK as part of a MoU between the

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