Radar Flight, as its name implies, is responsible for the provision of long range surveillance and control radars from North East Scotland, North West Scotland and the North East of England. To deliver this functionality, Radar Flight has command and control of 3 Remote Radar Heads (RRH) at Brizlee Wood adjacent to the main operating site at RAF Boulmer, Buchan near Aberdeen and Benbecula in the Western Isles of Scotland.
RRH Brizlee Wood
Situated high on Alnwick Moor stands RRH Brizlee Wood home of the Type 93 long-range surveillance and control radar. Its function, to provide a long-range early warning and control picture for the UK Air Surveillance And Control System (ASACS). Round the clock 365 days a year, Brizlee Wood scans the air approaches over the North Sea , giving ASACS ample warning time to identify and if necessary intercept potential intruders into United kingdom airspace. Several times during the year, Brizlee Wood plays an integral part in major NATO exercises, watching for waves of aircraft targeting the site and the east coast in general. Many of these aircraft will be attempting to use Electronic Warfare techniques to jam the Radar and thus blind the operators and controllers of ASACS, attempting to render the early warning and interception capability of the RAF ineffective. Brizlee Wood has been the home to the military for decades. Its previous occupants, the Army, maintained a communications outpost on the site up until the early 90’s. With its subsequent withdrawal, the site was turned over to the RAF with permission of the Duke of Northumberland, the landowner. As with many military units it is a haven for a fascinating variety of wildlife. The conditions, quiet and relatively undisturbed by people and domestic animals, allow the small population of rabbits, stoats, newts, frogs and birds to breed and hunt in peace. The site also has several occasional visitors in the form of adders which are given a wide berth! Guarded from intrusion by the site personnel, some find a comfortable home by setting up house within the large radome and the weather shelters that house the components of the Type 93 Radar and weather permitting, provides spectacular views over the Northumbria countryside.
RRH Buchan was formed on 1 Sept 2004 following the closure of RAF Buchan. The site is under the control the Detachment Commander (DetCo) and is responsible for the operational 24/7 availability of it’s Radar, a Type 92 long range surveillance radar which inputs into the UK Air Surveillance And Control System (ASACS).
RRH Benbecula, formerly under the command and control of RAF Buchan also came under the command and control of RAF Boulmer on 1 Sep 04. The site is under the control of the Detachment Commander and is responsible for the operational 24/7 availability of it’s Radar, a Type 92 long range surveillance radar which inputs into the UK Air Surveillance And Control System (ASACS). RRH Benbecula is situated on the Isle of Benbecula in the Western Isles, it is reached either by air from Glasgow or ferry from Uig or Oban.