St Kilda

The Oban Times - - Districts -

COMHAIRLE nan Eilean Siar has wel­comed an an­nounce­ment of a £16.8 mil­lion in­vest­ment by UK Min­istry of De­fence and QinetiQ in two new BAE Sys­tems track­ing radars, to be in­stalled on St Kilda, and the up­grade of two ex­ist­ing radars at MoD He­brides.

Chair­man of the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee, Coun­cil­lor Don­ald Crichton, said: ‘This is ex­cel­lent news for Uist and for the Outer He­brides. This in­vest­ment demon­strates a com­mit­ment to the base and the em­ploy­ment that it pro­vides and to a se­cure fu­ture.

‘I would hope this up­grad- ing of equip­ment will make the He­brides Range even more com­pet­i­tive and will pave the way for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment in this im­por­tant sec­tor for the is­lands.

‘I hope this in­vest­ment opens the route to new and in­no­va­tive busi­ness at the range, that it pro­vides sta­bil­ity for the work­force and opens new op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple.

‘The comhairle re­mains highly sup­port­ive of the He­brides Range and I would be keen that we con­tinue to work with the range to max­imise lo­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties from this in­vest­ment.’

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