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Cobham 80th Aniversary, 1934 - 2014

Cobham Aerospace Communications

Siemens uses Cobham slip rings in Danish wind power stations to produce the equivalent of 12% of Denmark’s consumption need


Cobham Antenna Systems

Cobham is the world’s leading supplier of Avionic-standard TETRA systems, with ten years experience in fielding TETRA in aircraft


Cobham Aviation Services

Cobham’s fleet of BAe 146 aircraft carry half a million passengers a year and can operate using unsealed runways, unique in the Australian jet market


Cobham Mission Equipment

Cobham is a leading provider of integrated homeland security solutions and unmanned platforms, utilizing over 30 years of expertise in this highly specialised field


Cobham Defence Electronics

The EA-18G Growler Carries Cobham’s Low Band Transmitter (LBT) and Integrated Antenna and Radome


Cobham Life Support

Cobham pioneered the first On Board Inert Gas Generation System (OBIGGS) application for the AH-64 Apache helicopter in 1985



Cobham delivered 600 EXPLORER satellite communications terminals to Elektro Brazil, for the largest ever Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) delivery project in Brazil


Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance

Reduce the impact of major incidents with solutions to underpin a fully-informed single or multi agency network. Absolute situational awareness enables real-time decision making, with robust and flexible surveillance solutions offer peace of mind


Cobham Celebrates its 80th Anniversary

Founded by Sir Alan Cobham in October 1934 as Flight Refuelling Limited, the company remains true to its core as an air-to-air refuelling pioneer while progressively adding to its technology portfolio

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Company Structure


Cobham's capabilities are offered through a number of Strategic Business Units that are managed through three Divisions. Each strategic business unit has an international footprint, the critical mass and most importantly the talent to provide the distinctive capabilities that our customers seek.



Cobham Aerospace and Security Division

Cobham's Aerospace and Security Division designs, develops and manufactures civil and military communications products, enabling voice, video and data connectivity for land, sea, air and space. Cobham antennas, communications systems and components serve major aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer, and 20 armed forces. The Aerospace and Security Division is an acknowledged market leader in tactical communications, military and homeland security surveillance systems and satellite communications, with more than 50,000 military land antennas in the field, 125,000 military intercoms in service with 18 armed forces and security systems with 140 law enforcement agencies. 


Strategic Business Units


Operating locations

USA, UK, Canada, Denmark, France, South Africa, Finland, Sweden



Cobham Defence Systems Division

Cobham's Defence Systems Division designs, develops and manufactures critical technology for network centric and intelligence operations, enabling transmission and management of information to the digital battlefield and intelligence services in a secure environment. Cobham radar products, specialist antennas and microwave subsystems play critical roles in many of the world's major defense systems and platforms, including the Aegis radar system, F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and Standard Missile.


Strategic Business Units


Operating locations

USA, Mexico



Cobham Mission Systems Division

Cobham Mission Systems Division designs, develops and manufactures critical technology for air-to-air refuelling, weapons carriage and release, life support and explosive ordnance disposal robot applications and operates more than 150 aircraft. Cobham is the global leader for air-to-air refuelling systems worldwide for both tanker and receiver aircraft, including as the new Royal Air Force Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) Airbus A330.


The Division also provides weapons carriage and release equipment and defensive aids for aircraft and life support equipment including oxygen systems, crew and cargo restraints and personal cooling systems for helicopters and armoured vehicles. Cobham Mission Systems operates and maintains fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft on contracted air warfare training, flight inspection and maritime surveillance for government agencies worldwide.


Strategic Business Units


Operating locations

USA, UK, Australia, Germany


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