Cobham Aviation Services holds extensive design approvals for modifications in aircraft structures; systems; power plants; electrical and instrument systems; and is an approved weight control authority.

We specialise in the integration of high-tech avionic and mission system solutions into complex air platforms. All aircraft are maintained to a computerised maintenance and inventory programme, under stringent quality control and safety standards, as required by regulatory authorities.


Our expertise includes the installation and integration of aircraft search and rescue (SAR) fit including hoist and wet floor protection, surveillance and communication equipment, such as electro optic (EO)/infrared (IR) turrets, search radars, mission management systems, network enabled data systems, secure communications and satellite video links. We can also install and integrate customer systems onto test aircraft and manufacture equipment racks, electrical looms and observer consoles.


Our capability includes warfare training, weapon system development, airworthiness authority clearances for carriage of equipment, and ground test (e.g. electromagnetic capability) and flight test programs.

Case Study

Specialist surveillance aircraft for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Cobham provides turn-key airborne surveillance operations to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.


To provide this special mission capability, Cobham engineers modified ten Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft, combining new-generation surveillance sensors and advanced satellite communications systems with highly-reliable, long-range aircraft.  Each aircraft is a live link in a national data communications chain that generates an unprecedented stream of timely, high-quality surveillance information to enable informed border security decisions in real time.


Cobham was responsible for the system integration to the platforms. The system development, completely designed at Cobham's Adelaide facilities, commenced with equipment evaluation to ensure sensor technical compliance and performance, reliability and through life support that was required to provide above the performance criteria of the contract. In addition, a consultative process with the sensor operators was undertaken to provide a functional workspace within the aircraft improving the communication of the crew.


Cobham continues to monitor improvements in sensor and platform technology and conducts system developments forums with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on a regular basis. System improvements have been driven through this process with the recent inclusion of the Dash 8 air operable door, providing in-flight dispatch of rescue equipment.

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