The MOD and QinetiQ working together to provide Defence Test & Evaluation and Training Support Services

MOD Aberporth

MOD Aberporth Range is located on the west coast of Wales and occupies 6,500km² of sanitised airspace from surface to unlimited altitude. It has the capability to manage weapons storage and provision for helicopter landing.

MOD Aberporth provides a controlled safe environment for the release of land, air and sea-launched missile firings as well as instrumentation verification, passive and active IR/RF jamming, and the ability to manage supersonic trials activity.

The Range has a fully-instrumented 3D area for Test and Evaluation, and space for training activities. It provides both live and virtual environments, real-time data, and deployable systems, all supported by a wealth of expertise.

Facilities available at MOD Aberporth include:

  • Tracking Radar Facility: Real-time data for trials control and safety purposes, as well as recordings of time, space and position information for post-trial trajectory analysis, using Multiple Object Tracking Radar (MOTR) and Nike Digital Instrumentation Radar (NiDIR).
  • Telemetry: Receiving record and monitor video and other data streams.
  • Surface Target Facility: Enhanced target barges and remote controlled seaborne targets.
  • Aerial Target Facility: Provision of aerial targets such as Mirach.
  • Optical Instrumentation: Mobile Hybrid Tracking Platform (HTP) instruments, mobile video trackers, high-speed digital video and photographic capability.
  • Trials Solutions & Data Analysis (TS&DA): Post-trial data processing and analysis service can extract and process data from instrumentation provided by tracking radar, optical instrumentation and telemetry facilities.

This fully-instrumented controlled environment enables the Test and Evaluation of air and sea weapons and systems, and also enables the conduct of specialist training, including:

Community information regarding the MOD Aberporth Range is available on the MOD Aberporth website.

MOD Aberporth
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Directions from the North
Take the A487 from Aberystwyth to Cardigan for approximately 30 miles. At the 1st roundabout, just after the village of Blaenanerch, take the 2nd exit. At the next roundabout take the first exit and then take the next left turn. Follow the road around and you will come to Parcllyn village; the site main gate is on your left.

Directions from the South
Take the M4 towards Llanelli, at the end of the motorway take the A48 dual carriageway to Carmarthen. At the 1st roundabout in Carmarthen take the 3rd turning to the next roundabout where you go straight across following the signs for Llandeilo. At the next roundabout take the 1st left following the sign to Cardigan and at the next roundabout take the 1st left again. At the next small roundabout, just past the hospital, take the 2nd exit on the A484 towards Cardigan. At the village of Cynwyl Elfed go left (just past Spar) on the B4333, towards Hermon; follow this road to Newcastle Emlyn, go through the town over the bridge and take the 1st left turning. Follow the B4333 towards Cwmcou and follow the signpost to MOD Aberporth. At the crossroads with the A487 (opposite garage) turn left, taking the A487 towards Cardigan. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit. At the next roundabout take the first exit and then the next left turn; follow the road around and you will come to Parcllyn village – the site main gate is on your left.