MOD Boscombe Down

Location of Boscombe Down Aerial view of Boscombe Down

MOD Boscombe Down in Wiltshire provides an operational airfield with the longest military runway in the UK. The site has two operational runways, air traffic control, emergency services, a meteorological office and a bird-scanning unit.

Boscombe Down's primary role is to support MOD by performing impartial flight trials of new aircraft, airborne equipment and weapons to assess safety and suitability. Trials can be carried out during research, development and production phases as well as during operational service.

The site houses a fleet of test aircraft as well as being home to the Empire Test Pilots' School (ETPS) and a variety of ground-based test facilities for aircraft and other military vehicles.

Capabilities undertaken via the LTPA at Boscombe Down include:


  • Assuring Military Capability
  • Design & Development
  • Environmental Chamber
  • Fitness for Purpose
  • Graphical Data Analysis System - GDAS
  • Manufacturing Workshops
  • Military Accident Data Recorder Systems
  • Night Vision Systems Test House
  • QinetiQ Airfleet
  • Radio Trials Centre
  • Reducing Procurement Risk