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AWE Aldermaston and Burghfield


  • Operator/Licensee: Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
  • Parent body organisation: Ministry of Defence (MOD)
  • Type of site: Operational/Defence
  • Location: Aldermaston & Burghfield, Berkshire

AWE website

AWE Burghfield - Copyright MOD


AWE Aldermaston is the Company's headquarters and covers approximately 750 acres. Formerly a wartime airfield, the site is now a sophisticated centre providing advanced research, design and manufacturing facilities.

The work at AWE covers the entire life cycle of nuclear warheads; from initial concept, assessment and design, through to component manufacture and assembly, in-service support, and finally decommissioning and disposal.

AWE is managed for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a contractor-operated arrangement.