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    Default Qinetiq radar site on the Llyn penninsular

    Hi all here are a few images of the radar station that formed the Aberporth triangle including Llanbedr radar that tracked the Jindivik drone for live firing of sidewinder missile and others,any comments welcome










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    Default Re: Qinetiq radar site on the Llyn penninsular

    interesting place, whats the status of the complex?

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    Default Re: Qinetiq radar site on the Llyn penninsular

    Quote Originally Posted by tamiya monkey View Post
    interesting place, whats the status of the complex?
    Hi there
    After the closure of Qinetiq Llanbedr and the loss of the Jindivik drones to the Mirach system out of Qinetiq Aberporth,the radar cover was on longer needed,so i have been told it has been mothballed, but needs confirming

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    Default Re: Qinetiq radar site on the Llyn penninsular

    This was the 'legendary' Mynydd Rhiw site. It was manned by detachments from Llanbedr and was considered in one of two ways:
    1) A horrible detachment in the middle of nowhere.
    2) A great little bolt hole, away from your boss at the main station.

    I also believe it is currently mothballed but is still owned by QinetiQ.

    Peter

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    Default Re: Qinetiq radar site on the Llyn penninsular

    Quote Originally Posted by PJH View Post
    This was the 'legendary' Mynydd Rhiw site. It was manned by detachments from Llanbedr and was considered in one of two ways:
    1) A horrible detachment in the middle of nowhere.
    2) A great little bolt hole, away from your boss at the main station.

    I also believe it is currently mothballed but is still owned by QinetiQ.

    Peter
    There was also a remote "Control Transmitter" and a remote "Telemetry Receiver" limked to Llanbedr via a microwave link across the bay.

    It was used to provide coverage for low level sorties. They were remotely switched by the technicians monitoring the telecommand and telemetry systems.

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    Default Re: Qinetiq radar site on the Llyn penninsular

    Mynydd Rhiw is mentioned in

    Wings Across the Border: v. 3: A History of Aviation in North Wales and the Northern Marches

    Microwave link trials were done between various sites around the Irish Sea in WWII. These seem to have been done from further up the hill at the other site. I suspect it might have been originally a RAF comms site before becoming Home Office / Police / Whatever. There are quite a number of concrete bases around the area as if there had been quite a few things there.

    MYNYDD RHIW

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