Cobham Aviation Services has extensive experience providing airborne surveillance operations using highly-modified aerial platforms.
We are entrusted with conducting and/or supporting
airborne surveillance activities for governments and militaries in
Australia, the United Kingdom, the Caribbean and Cyprus for
national security, law enforcement, environment protection and
emergency response operations.
Fixed wing surveillance
Every day for the last 20 years, we have provided the
aerial surveillance operation for the Australian Customs and Border
Protection Service. This turnkey operation deploys highly-modified
Dash 8 aircraft flying 3,000 missions each year. The aircraft
utilised to perform these missions are integrated with the latest
surveillance and communication technology, including electro
optic/infrared turrets, search radars, mission management systems,
network real time data systems, secure communications and satellite
In the United Kingdom, we provide airborne surveillance services
for government and commercial customers. This includes operating
Dornier 228 aircraft to conduct oil spill response services across
all regions of the North Sea production areas.
Rotary wing surveillance
In the Caribbean, we provide highly-modified AW139 helicopters,
as well as pilots and full engineering support to the Dutch
Caribbean Coast Guard in support of surveillance activities. In
Cyprus, we provide Bell 412 helicopters. These helicopters use an
electro-optical or FLIR system for surveillance.
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Surveillance
We recognise the benefits that unmanned aerial systems
(UAS) bring to airborne surveillance operations and have actively
monitored unmanned systems developments with the US Military and
the US Customs and Border Protection Service.
We have supported defence trials of unmanned systems in
Australia, been involved in developments and trials with General Atomics
Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and are an active
participant in the industry body the Australian Association for
Unmanned Systems (AAUS).