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Otterburn Training Area (OTA), Northumberland National Park, Northumberland, North East England, Britain

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Location Category ID: 3770
Added to Database: 18 February 2012
Last Edited: 18 February 2012
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Official Website: Otterburn Training Area
Otterburn
Other Links: Wikipedia
Latitude, Longitude: 55.31869431 , -2.23097562
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: 1: A24 Cavalier Tank - Isle of Wight Military History Museum, Cowes, Isle of Wight, South East England, Britain (Recovered mid1990s)
2: A11 Matilda I Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Recovered early 1990s)
3: A22 Churchill AVRE Tank - Isle of Wight Military History Museum, Cowes, Isle of Wight, South East England, Britain (Until October 2002)
4: Conqueror Armoured Recovery Vehicle - Isle of Wight Military History Museum, Cowes, Isle of Wight, South East England, Britain (Dates unknown)


Otterburn Training Area (OTA) is the second largest live firing range in the country and has been used for military training since 1911. It consists of over 60,000 acres of land and has the largest impact area in the UK. Approximately 29,000 acres (11,750 hectares) is set aside for ‘dry’ (i.e. non-live firing) training. Some 30,000 soldiers use the area each year and may spend several weeks training here. Hutted camps can accommodate a maximum of 1,600 visiting troops at any one time. The wide variety of terrain provides a realistic environment for British and NATO soldiers to train with the latest infantry weapons, artillery and helicopters. There are two main live firing range areas at Otterburn for artillery, demolitions, all infantry weapons and restricted armoured vehicle firing. Fighter aircraft and helicopters also practice ground attack firing, and there are parachute dropping zones. A wide selection of live firing ranges provide facilities for weapons from 5.56mm calibre small arms to 155mm artillery and 30mm guns on armoured reconnaissance vehicles. The soft nature of the ground precludes the use of heavy armoured vehicles such as Main Battle Tanks. (Source: OTA/MOD).

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October 2005

The road leading into the Ministry Of Defence Ranges, and the red flag showing that the army are practising live firing there today, photo and caption by SarahD
1: The road leading into the Ministry Of Defence Ranges, an...

Taken: 10 October 2005
Contributor: Geograph
Location Photo ID: 670
Added: 18 February 2012
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