The MOD and QinetiQ working together to provide Defence Test & Evaluation and Training Support Services

MOD Shoeburyness

MOD Shoeburyness is located near to Southend-on-Sea in Essex on the southeast coast of England. It offers a broad array of weapon and military equipment test, evaluation and training over land and firm tidal areas.

The Range covers a land area of 7,500 acres with 35,000 acres of tidal sands. MOD Shoeburyness consists of 21 operational firing areas and unique capabilities for Demilitarisation and Environmental Testing of Live and Inert stores. This unique terrain enables the over-water recovery of munitions up to a range of 22km, ground-to-ground firings of up to 27km, long-range direct fire up to 3.5km, sea danger areas up to 35km, and large radial safety areas for explosives trials.

MOD Shoeburyness is a centre of excellence for environmental testing of Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives (OME) and houses the largest Environmental Test Centre in the UK for the testing of Live stores as well as some unique demilitarisation facilities.

Facilities include:

  • Shoeburyness Range Delivery: Enables the conduct of various STANAG/Def Stan trials, including dynamic firings of Small, Medium and Large calibre tube-launched ammunition systems, static trials including slow/fast heating tests, bullet/fragment attack, arena trials, and drop trials up to 25m.
  • Ordnance Disposal & Demilitarisation (Demil) facility: Comprises two Explosive Waste Incinerators and enables the safe disposal of UK MOD ordnance.
  • Environmental Test Centre: Enables environmental testing of munitions, with 19 climatic chambers, five shock machines, rough handling testing, vibration systems and inspection equipment.

This controlled and secure environment is suitable for:

Community information regarding the MOD Shoeburyness Range is available on the MOD Shoeburyness website.

MOD Shoeburyness