Beith Munitions Depot
Beith was established in 1943, as an MoD Munitions Depot during World War II. The site has facilities to store, maintain, modify, refurbish, produce and test weapons for all the armed services. As a result of the range of services it offers, the site has grown over the years, occupying almost 1,000 acres of rural land, and employing over 400 non-military staff.
Now (2007) part of the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency (DSDA), and known as DSDA Beith, the site is said to have some 21 miles of internal roads, and almost seven miles of perimeter fence. The depot's storage capacity is some 18,000 cubic metres, with the buildings designed to implode in the event of an accident; the walls are intended to collapse inwards, while the roofs are intended to blow off, directing the main effects of any blast upwards, rather than sideways towards neighbouring stores.
Munitions handled at Beith include the ALARM (air launched anti-radiation missile), Tomahawk, Storm Shadow, and Brimstone missiles, and the Spearfish torpedo.
- Scottish CND description
- DSDA Beith Dead November 2008
- ALARM missile
- Tomahawk missile
- Storm Shadow missile
- Brimstone missile
- Spearfish torpedo
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