|South Uist Missile Range, Hebrides Range|
Radar, Mullach Mòr - geograph.org.uk - 1442026.jpg|
Radar installation for missile tracking at Mullach Mòr on Hirta, part of St Kilda, in April 2009
|Built by||RAF 5004 Airfield Construction Squadron|
|Controlled by||Royal Air Force|
The Deep Sea Range is an RAF missile range in the Outer Hebrides.
The range was operated by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA), for evaluating new missiles. St Kilda became Scotland's first World Heritage Site in 1987.
The site was built in 1957 by the Ministry of Defence to test nuclear missiles. Opposition to the construction of the range resulted in the novel Rockets Galore!, by Sir Compton Mackenzie, which was made into a film, filmed on the island of Barra.
Resistance to the building of the range also led to the construction of the religious monument Our Lady of the Isles.
It is situated in the Outer Hebrides on South Uist. The missiles are tracked from St Kilda, Scotland, a once uninhabited island, which is now leased by the Ministry of Defence. The site is run by QinetiQ, a privatised former division of the MoD.
Around 230 people work across all sites of the range.
- List of rocket launch sites
- 1957 in Scotland
- BUTEC (British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre) at Raasay
- RAF Tain on the Moray Firth
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