MOD/QinetiQ LTPA Ranges and Facilities - MoD Pendine Range
20 Nov 2018




MoD Pendine Range



MoD Pendine RangeThe MOD Pendine Range is on the southwest coast of Wales. It provides test and evaluation services throughout the life of systems, from concept to disposal.

​The site comprises land-based Ranges with an area of 20.5km². It has various enclosed tunnel Ranges, a 9km shoreline suitable for aircraft landing training sorties, a large sea danger area extending approximately 18km², airspace up to 23,000ft, and a high tidal range of up to 8m.

The Range's Long Test Track (LTT) facility, suitable for high-speed dynamic trials, is unique to the UK. It has been used to test impacting probes for use in planetary exploration. It is a 1,500m instrumented test track, enabling trials of systems up to Mach 3, with accelerations of up to 130g. Pendine also has a Short Test Track of 200m. This can accommodate weights and velocities between 45kg at 500 m/s to 250kg at 250 m/s.

MOD Pendine has an engineering facility with a design office and workshop, an approved armoury, and a magazine facility.