Aviation Services UK

Cobham wins QinetiQ contract to provide helicopter support

Cobham sign contract to provide Helicopter support to the Empire Test Pilots’ School and Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Squadron.

Cobham Helicopter Services Business Unit (Cobham) today announced that they have signed a contract with QinetiQ for the provision of helicopter support to the Empire Test Pilots' School (ETPS) and Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Squadron (RWTES).

ETPS and RWTES are jointly operated by QinetiQ and the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) under the Long-Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA).

Cobham will provide a single Bell412 HAR2 helicopter, aircrew training, and supporting maintenance personnel to be based at MOD Boscombe Down.  The contract, valued at circa £2 million, commenced May 2016 and will be for an 18 month period.

Peter Nottage, Sector President, Cobham Aviation Services commented: "We are delighted to win this new contract with QinetiQ to support both ETPS and RWTES. The helicopter will be operated on the military register and the contract is evidence of our considerable experience of delivering Military Registered Contractor Owned aircraft (MRCOA) under long term performance based contracts.  We look forward to working with QinetiQ to deliver these services."

John Anderson, Managing Director for QinetiQ's Air and Space business, said: "This aircraft and associated services are welcome additions to ETPS, which trains some of the world's finest test pilots and engineers.  The contract demonstrates the way in which we work with industry partners to provide value for money to the MOD."

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About Cobham Helicopter Services

Enhancing helicopter operations with a unique blend of military capability and commercial expertise


We provide helicopter operations, training and support for defence, government and commercial customers around the globe.


Our services include helicopter aircrew and maintenance training, search and rescue, firefighting, medical evaluation, troop transport and platform support.


About Cobham

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Cobham is a leading global technology and services innovator, respected for providing solutions to the most challenging problems, from deep space to the depths of the ocean.


We employ more than 12,000 people on five continents, and have customers and partners in over 100 countries, with market leading positions in: wireless, audio, video and data communications, including satellite communications; defence electronics; air-to-air refuelling; aviation services; life support and mission equipment.


About QinetiQ

Listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: QQ.L), QinetiQ is a leading science and engineering company operating primarily in the defence, security and aerospace markets. Its customers are predominantly government organisations including defence departments, as well as international customers in other targeted sectors.



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