We are committed to working with our Local Authorities to keep members of the public informed of any issues in respect of the Range which may affect them.
Local residents, businesses and visitors to the area need to be aware of the hazardous nature of activities conducted on the Range. They are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the restrictions imposed regarding access and health and safety.
Information for Mariners
Mariners information on the Cardigan Bay Danger Area.
What is the Cardigan Bay Danger Area?
It is a military testing and training area covering a large part of Cardigan Bay. Activities occur daily including low flying aircraft, missile evaluation, laser firing and bombing. MOD Aberporth, operated by QinetiQ, uses the Danger Area daily.
For safety, parts of the Danger Area are temporarily cleared of shipping during firings.
Announcements are made over VHF radio at the start and end of activity. You may also be approached by one of our Range safety vessels. We request your co-operation for the safety of all concerned.
The rest of the area is available for general use.
Most weekends, there is no activity.
Check our weekly programme here as activities vary each week.
What should I do before setting out?
Check the weekly programme here for a guide to the active areas. Please note that the programme may change at last minute with no opportunity for publication. Please always call for advice, latest updates and further details.
Check our weekly download of buoys and target locations.
What should I do on the water?
Ensure your radar reflector is mounted correctly.
Keep your VHF radio on and listen for broadcasts on channel 16 and 11.
Contact us on entering or exiting the Danger Area.
You may be approached by one of our Range safety vessels. We request your co-operation for the safety of all concerned.
Information for Pilots
Due to the hazardous nature of the work carried out at MOD Aberporth, an Air Danger Area is established by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) around Cardigan Bay and West Wales, when any of the Ranges D201, D201A, D201B, D201C, D201D, D201E, D202, D202A, D202B or D202C are active.
Aberporth Air Traffic Control (ATC) provides a Danger Area Activity Information Service (DAAIS) to warn pilots of aircraft flying outside controlled airspace, when the Ranges are active.
Aberporth ATC also provide a Danger Area Crossing Service on the same frequency when activity inside the Danger Area means it is safe to do so.
Any pilot wishing to cross active Danger Areas must comply with all ATC instructions. If they are unwilling or unable to comply then they should plan to remain clear throughout the flight.
During times when any of the Danger Areas notified above are active, a Basic, Traffic or Deconfliction Service may be available from Aberporth radar, controller workload permitting.
Pilots flying in the area of any of the Danger Areas listed above should contact Aberporth Radar by radio (frequency 119.650MHz) in advance to ensure that they avoid the Ranges when they are active.
Pilots of all aircraft types, including microlights and Para-gliders, must familiarise themselves with the above restrictions.
The MOD Aberporth Range Byelaws state that; no person shall dig, trawl, dredge or search for any projectile, or any lead, or other metal in or on the Danger Area. Due to the hazardous nature of activities that are conducted by QinetiQ at MOD Aberporth in Cardigan Bay, there is a minor risk that vessels may from time to time discover unidentified objects which may include Unexploded Ordnance (UXO).
Further guidance is contained in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Marine Guidance Note, MGN 323, and in the Notice to Mariners No. 5 on the UKHO website (please ensure you look under the annual tab then click item No.05)
Any person who finds any metal object, such as projectile, shell or any unidentified explosive object or part of such object should immediately contact the Coastguard VHF Ch.16.
FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY DO NOT TOUCH OR ATTEMPT TO REMOVE SUCH OBJECTS.
Advance Alert Service
QinetiQ is always looking for ways to improve communications between the range at MOD Aberporth and the public and we often receive requests for details of our forthcoming programme. We have responded by introducing an Advance Alert Service which provides advance notice of those activities which may be more perceptible to you from time to time.
Although we will endeavour to notify you when such activities are scheduled, please note that they are subject to weather conditions and operational requirements. Any one, or a combination of these factors, may mean that the activity has to be postponed and rescheduled at short notice and it may not always be possible to provide you with an updated schedule of work.
Register for the Alert Service
If you would like to register for the Alert Service, please e-mail your request to ABEENQUIRIES@QinetiQ.com. At present this service is only available via e-mail. The e-mail address that you use to send your confirmation will be used as the contact address for future alerts.
Please note: QinetiQ conducts work at MOD Aberporth on behalf of the MOD, under contract with the Secretary of State for Defence. Because of the nature of the work, QinetiQ is limited as to the level and detail of information it can provide in these communications.
Any advance alerts and weekly programme information has been generated for the purposes of informing the public as to QinetiQ’s scheduled operations at the MOD Aberporth Range and it is acknowledged that the information may be included in other websites and publications. Please note that QinetiQ does not accept responsibility for or endorse any independent website or publication which features this information.