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Qineti Q suspended operations at Llanbedr in late 2004 and formally handed the base over to Defence Estates for disposal in early 2005, with the loss of almost 150 jobs.
Newer target drones, not requiring a runway for take-off, will now be launched from the existing facilities at Aberporth.
Whilst the future of Llanbedr's airfield is currently uncertain, such a valuable asset will surely not remain idle for too long.
It was once called DTEO Aberporth - the Defence Test and Evaluation Organisation, a forerunner of DERA.
On some maps, DTEO Aberporth is labelled "T & EE" - Test and Evaluation Establishment.
It is known to be involved in research and development of Doppler effect pulse radar.The Llanbedr site was an operational airfield, formerly designated the Royal Aerospace Establishment, from which target drones were launched.It is just a temporary "current session" cookie and is deleted automatically when you close your browser.For full documentation on the map link options available just click on my Research Tools Page button also below.Most of the Mo D related facilities in Wales are concerned with army training and testing of live ordnance as the road sign (further below) at Castlemartin Range in Pembrokeshire, controlled from nearby Merrion Camp , makes clear! DERA/Qineti Q have operated two key facilities: at Aberporth , close to the small but popular surfing beach at Llangranog in Cardigan Bay and at Llanbedr , in Snowdonia national park country.The Aberporth site sits in a stunning cliff top location, show below in another exclusive bird's eye view from my contributor with a pilot's licence!