RAF Troodos

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RAF Troodos
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Part of British Forces Cyprus
Troodos Mountains in Cyprus
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RAF Troodos is located in Cyprus
RAF Troodos
RAF Troodos
Shown within Cyprus
Coordinates 34°54′46″N 032°53′02″E / 34.91278°N 32.88389°E / 34.91278; 32.88389Coordinates: 34°54′46″N 032°53′02″E / 34.91278°N 32.88389°E / 34.91278; 32.88389
Type Signals intelligence gathering and radar station
Area 50 hectares
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator Royal Air Force
Controlled by Joint Forces Command
Site history
Built 1878 (1878)
In use 1878-Present
Garrison information
Occupants Joint Service Signal Unit (Cyprus) - Golf Section

Royal Air Force Troödos, commonly known as RAF Troödos, is a Royal Air Force station in the Republic of Cyprus.

RAF Troödos is a remote Signals Station run by 27 personnel from Golf Section, Joint Service Signal Unit (Cyprus), and also contains Mount Olympus Radar Station. The station is based deep within the Troödos Mountains, approximately 14 miles north of Episkopi.


Troödos Station is the oldest remaining British military base in Cyprus, dating from 1878. Initially it was used as a cool summer field hospital for troops from the Egyptian campaign. British army and government officials also used it as a summer retreat.[1]

Current use[edit]

Declassified documents show that RAF Troödos intercepted satellite communications for the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and documents released by Edward Snowden suggest this has continued in recent years funded by the U.S. National Security Agency.[2] Information from Snowden also indicates the site acts as a listening post for radio signals from the near Middle East.[3][4]

The British National Space Centre Starbrook wide-field telescope has been located here since 2006. It can detect orbiting objects from 1.5 m in size.[5]

RAF Troodos is also a popular choice for camp locations for the British RAF Air Training Corps and other cadet forces, with the station approximately 1 hour away from RAF Akrotiri.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "British forces overseas posting: Troodos, Cyprus". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "GCHQ worked hard to maintain presence on Cyprus after independence". Gloucestershire Echo. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Iain Thomson (29 January 2016). "Israeli drones and jet signals slurped by UK and US SIGINT teams". The Register. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Spies in the sky, by Cora Currier and Henrik Moltke, The Intercept_, January 29, 2016
  5. ^ Heiner Klinkrad; et al. (February 2008). "Europe's Eyes on the Skies". ESA Bulletin 133. European Space Agency. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 

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