<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Return to home

Home

SCND Shop

Contacts
 
Join the Scottish CND now...
Back to Main Menu
Contents
Map
Orkney and Shetland
Highlands and Islands
North East
West Central and South West
South East
Appendixes
 
 

35. RAF Tain, Easter Ross. (NH 832 837)

RAF Tain is a bombing range on the Moray Firth where the RAF and the USAF practice their low-level flying and drop bombs on simulated targets such as buildings and military vehicles. Warplanes frequently skim the ground below radar on their way to and from the bombing range. RAF Tain is one of the most heavily used air weapons ranges in the United Kingdom, mainly due to its close proximity to Lossiemouth airfield and low flying areas. In 2001-2002 it's operating costs was £930,000. Training here can involve both low level bombing from heights from anything between 150 feet to 15,000 feet as well as ground strafing using the Tornado's 27mm Mauser guns. The range was used by both air forces prior to and after the conflict in Iraq in 2003. Tornado GR4s from nearby Lossiemouth[53], as well as other RAF and USAF aircraft, took part in an exercise at Tain in August 2003 using "flash and charge" ammunition, before a planned exercise at Cape Wrath using live munitions.

In April 2004, the Secretary of State for Defence published the number of passes made by RAF and non-RAF planes (from other NATO countries) over RAF Tain:

Number of RAF aircraft passes Number of non-RAF aircraft passes
1999
23,479
213
2000
20,709
484
2001
13,651
1,026
2002
21,743
755
2003
22,875
1,302


In 2003, UK and NATO warplanes made a staggering 24,177 low-flying passes over the range, an average of 66 per day.

See Appendix C on Low Flying Areas


 

    Copyright © SCND 2004. All rights reserved.
site template provided by walrus and carpenter