Highlands & Islands

Defence minister Peter Luff visits Hebrides Range

Rapier missile system
Image caption The range is used for testing weapons systems

Defence minister Peter Luff is making a two-day visit to the UK's largest missile range.

Peter Luff will tour facilities on Benbecula, North and South Uist and a radar station on Hirta in St Kilda.

The Ministry of Defence said in July that the future of the Hebrides Range was secure for at least the next five years.

The range offers the largest area in the UK for the live-firing of rockets and missiles.

About 200 staff run the various sites.

Defence contractor QinetiQ manages the site on the MoD's behalf.

There have been previous concerns expressed by the local council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and by island politicians that the range would be shut down.

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