The Brazilian Navy has placed airspace surveillance and air defence equipment on the top of a 15-floor building in Tijuca, located 600 metres from the stadium where the finals will be held on July 13.
Sources in the military said missiles to defend the airspace were set up on a radius of 13-15 kilometres around Maracana and 12 other stadiums where the matches of the tournament will be played.
The move to install missiles is aimed at monitoring protesters, said many
However, not all are concerned. Brazil has been witnessing protests ahead of the carnival and the measures to install the missiles are actually meant to monitor the protesters on the ground, said many.
Two lakh troops have been deployed to ‘protect' the World Cup, the first in the Western Hemisphere since 1994.
Hosts Brazil to to take on Croatia in the inaugural match at Sao Paulo.