Deep Sea Range

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Deep Sea Range
South Uist Missile Range, Hebrides Range
Radar installation for missile tracking
Radar installation for missile tracking at Mullach Mòr on Hirta, part of St Kilda, in April 2009
Deep Sea Range is located in Outer Hebrides
Deep Sea Range
Deep Sea Range
Location of Deep Sea Range within Outer Hebrides
Deep Sea Range is located in the United Kingdom
Deep Sea Range
Deep Sea Range
Deep Sea Range (the United Kingdom)
Coordinates57°28′15.77″N 7°22′36.89″W / 57.4710472°N 7.3769139°W / 57.4710472; -7.3769139Coordinates: 57°28′15.77″N 7°22′36.89″W / 57.4710472°N 7.3769139°W / 57.4710472; -7.3769139
TypeMissile Range
Site information
Controlled by Royal Air Force
Site history
Built1957 (1957)
Built byRAF 5004 Airfield Construction Squadron
Garrison information
GarrisonCongreve House
Airfield information
Elevation2 metres (6 ft 7 in) AMSL

The Deep Sea Range is an RAF missile range in the Outer Hebrides. It has also been known as the Hebrides Guided Weapon Range and the South Uist Missile Range.


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

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.

Tracking station on St Kilda in August 2006

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 now 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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