Saturday, March 21, 2009

Securing South Africa's Airspace

Police forces in South Africa are training for possible airstrikes during the upcoming Confederations Cup and World Cup.

...[T]his week's joint defence force and police training simulation, dubbed "Exercise Shield 3" was aimed at testing their ability to secure airspace during high visibility events.

The operation at Swartkops airbase included a staged hijacking of an aircraft and a demonstration of how two Hawk fighter planes can intercept a hijacked plane, forcing it to land.

The simulation also made use of bomb disposal units, hostage negotiators, sniffer dogs, and a remote-controlled robot.

SAPS Director David Garnett said the intervention teams would be deployed in all host cities to deal with any threats relating to the soccer event.

Security forces get ready for Fifa tournament
Independent Online
March 21, 2009