The MOD Hebrides Range is located off the northwest coast of Scotland and consists of a deep range for complex weapons trials and in-service firings, and an inner range for ground-based air defence Test and Evaluation.
The Range occupies 115,000km² of sanitised airspace with unlimited altitude. This large area and its nearby airfield make it ideal for air-launched weapons operations.
The fully instrumented 3D T&E area provides space for training activities, secure storage areas for munitions, and complete support services. It provides both live and virtual environments, real-time data, deployable systems and a wealth of expertise.
The facilities include:
- Tracking Radar Facility: Real-time data for trials control and safety purposes, as well as providing recordings of time, space and position information for post-trial trajectory analysis, using G Band Radar and Nike Digital Instrumentation Radar (NiDIR).
- Telemetry: Receive, record and monitor video and other data streams.
- Support Services: Mechanical and engineering services, accommodation, recreation and medical facilities.
- Surface Target Facility
- Aerial Target Facility: Aerial targets such as Mirach and Banshee.
- Optical Instrumentation: Mobile Hybrid Tracking Platform (HTP) instruments, mobile video trackers, high-speed digital video and photographic capability.
This fully instrumented controlled environment enables the evaluation of land, air and sea weapons systems, and training, including:
Isle of Benbecula
Directions from the South
The Hebrides Range would normally be accessed via Benbecula Airport from Glasgow Airport.
Directions from Mallaig
Take the Caledonian McBrayne Ferry from the Mallaig Ferry Terminal to the Lochboisdale Ferry Terminal at South Uist. The Ferry journey takes approximately three and a half hours.
Directions from Uig, Isle of Skye
Take the Caledonian McBrayne Ferry from Uig Ferry Terminal, Isle of Skye to the Lochmaddy Ferry Terminal at North Uist. The Ferry journey takes approximately one hour, 45 minutes. Take the A867 road (main route) from the Lochmaddy Ferry Terminal to Clachan. Turn left at Clachan and take the road (A865) to West Gerinish. When you come to West Gerinish sign-posted Rangehead, turn right and take the road through to the Rangehead Compound.