About MOD Aberporth
A military testing range was first established in Cardigan Bay during the Second World War. The Range is controlled from a site near Aberporth and is known as MOD Aberporth. Over the years the Range has played a significant part in the development and testing of a variety of military weapons.
Today MOD Aberporth provides a large secure safety area for the testing of air launched weapons and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The purpose of this website is to provide information about activities undertaken at MOD Aberporth to those who work and play in and around the Cardigan Bay area.
MOD Aberporth Facts and Figures
The site comprises approx. 550 acres of main operating base located at Aberporth and employs some 200 people who work there in direct support of the Range operation.
The Range is a significant employer in the West Wales area and working with local communities is an important part of our successful operation.
The Range Danger Area covers some 6,500km^2 of Cardigan Bay from sea level to unlimited height. To supplement the safe operation of the Range, there are a number of small outposts located on the edge of Cardigan Bay and the Lleyn Peninsula. These outposts contain equipment that enables the Range to effectively assess the performance of weapons.
We manage a second area of segregated airspace. This was specifically created to enable the safe operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems from WWUAVC and this extends some 40km east of Aberporth.
QinetiQ operates the Range at Aberporth on behalf of UK MOD under what is known as the Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA). The purpose of the LTPA is to deliver defence test, evaluation and training support services to ensure air launched weapon systems, associated sub-systems and UAS are safe and fit for purpose, as a visitor to the LTPA website will find out.
MOD Aberporth is situated on a headland in Cardigan Bay. This is a sensitive environment and the site is committed to ensuring that Range activities do not present a negative impact upon the surrounding flora and fauna. The main conservation interests are the Aberarth-Carreg Wylan Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
The SSSI stretches around the cliffs at the Range head on steep grassy and wooded slopes. It is one of last remaining unimproved regions of coastal heath and grasslands in Ceredigion, with unique areas of hanging oak woodlands.
Cardigan Bay SAC has been designated because of its importance for marine mammals, in particularly dolphins, porpoises and grey seals. Other key features include lamprey eels, reefs, sandbanks and sea caves. Cardigan Bay is especially important for bottlenose dolphins as it is one of only two areas around the UK with a resident population.
If you would like to contact the Range, we would welcome your enquiry.
Community Liaison Officer
Ceredigion SA43 2BU
Careline 0800 0510880 - for general enquiries and to report any concerns you have about the site or Range activity.
Range Control : 01239 813480
Marine Control : 01239 813760
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