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Deep Sea Range
South Uist Missile Range, Hebrides Range
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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
Type Missile Range
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Built 1957 (1957)
Built by RAF 5004 Airfield Construction Squadron
Current
owner
QinetiQ
Controlled by  Royal Air Force
Garrison Congreve House

The Deep Sea Range is an RAF missile range in the Outer Hebrides.

Tracking station on St Kilda in August 2006

HMS Edinburgh firing a Sea Dart on the range in April 2012

History

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.[1] 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.

Structure

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.

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