The British Underwater Test & Evaluation Centre (BUTEC) is located off Northwest Scotland and in the Inner Sound between Raasay and the Scottish mainland.
BUTEC provides real-time 3D tracking of above-water and sub-surface units, weapons and targets.
The bylaw-protected surface and underwater waterspace and tracking range is about 10km long and 6km wide, with a depth of water that varies between 175m and 200m. An air danger area can be activated to cover the entire range area.
This facility is suitable for:
- Acoustic Signature Services and Target Echo Strength (TES)
- Munitions and Weapon System Performance Assessment
- Underwater Weapons and Sonobuoy Testing
The Acoustic Noise Range, to the north of the BUTEC Range, provides operational signature measurement of a variety of surface or sub-surface vessels.