Location of BUTEC Aerial view of Kyle of Localsh site

The British Underwater Test & Evaluation Centre (BUTEC) is located off Northwest Scotland and in the Inner Sound between Raasay and the Scottish mainland.

BUTEC provides real-time 3D tracking of above-water and sub-surface units, weapons and targets.

The bylaw-protected surface and underwater waterspace and tracking range is about 10km long and 6km wide, with a depth of water that varies between 175m and 200m. An air danger area can be activated to cover the entire range area.

This facility is suitable for:

The Acoustic Noise Range, to the north of the BUTEC Range, provides operational signature measurement of a variety of surface or sub-surface vessels.


  • BUTEC Main Tracking Range
  • BUTEC Tracking Range Acoustics
  • Electronic Warfare Calibration
  • Instrumented Maritime Range Services
  • In-Water Acoustic Assessment Services
  • Operational Signature Services
  • Sea Training Services
  • Submersible Mini-ROV
  • Test & Evaluation Services