Deep Sea Range
|Deep Sea Range|
South Uist Missile Range, Hebrides Range
|Controlled by||Royal Air Force|
|Built by||RAF 5004 Airfield Construction Squadron|
|Elevation||2 metres (6 ft 7 in) AMSL|
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 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.
- List of rocket launch sites
- 1957 in Scotland
- BUTEC (British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre) at Raasay
- Luce Bay in Dumfries and Galloway
- RAF Tain on the Moray Firth