Special Mission

Cobham Welcomes 3SDL to their ASDOT Delivery Team

Cobham and Draken International have teamed with 3SDL to boost their capability in operational readiness training solutions for the UK Ministry of Defence Air Support to Defence Operational Training programme.

Cobham Special Mission today announces a Teaming Agreement with 3SDL.  This complements the Teaming Agreement already signed with Draken International to jointly develop solutions for the delivery of operational readiness training under the UK MoD’s Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme.

The Teaming Agreement with 3SDL enables the Cobham team to comprehensively address the MoD’s requirement to prepare and assure UK Defence to successfully operate in the future contested, degraded and operationally limited air, maritime and land environments against evolving adversaries.  Cobham's technical excellence in advanced electronic warfare effects and training, across both the live and synthetic environments, and Draken's world renowned reputation for delivering agile fighter adversary air services, is now complemented by 3SDL’s capability and experience in Close Air Support (CAS) and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) experimentation and emulation for Collective Training.  This combination of capabilities will assure the ASDOT programme of the most threat-relevant, innovative and advanced operational readiness training solution.

Paul Armstrong, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cobham Aviation Services UK, said: “Cobham and Draken’s formidable capability portfolio in operational readiness training in the live and synthetic environment has been significantly bolstered by our Teaming Agreement with 3SDL. This team is ready to deliver the most advanced electronic warfare techniques to all three services to counter future adversary threats to ensure UK Armed Forces are operationally assured to carry out their requirements. 3SDL will contribute strongly to growing our capability and providing greater technological advancement over the next 15 years.”

Dibble Clark, Chairman of 3SDL, said: “We are thrilled to join the Cobham and Draken team. Bringing our proven ISR and CAS emulation capability into the mix will provide an amazing high-quality and realistic training solution.  Together, I know that the team will provide the UK Armed Forces with the skills and confidence in employing Air Power that they will need for any future operational demand.”

About Cobham Special Mission

Protecting borders, saving lives and enhancing the effectiveness of defence personnel.

We combine state-of-the-art technology with complex air platforms to deliver customised airborne surveillance, operational readiness training and search and rescue services.

Our end-to-end capabilities benefit government and military customers with responsive and cost-effective turn-key solutions for optimal mission performance.

About Cobham

Cobham offers an innovative range of technologies and services to solve challenging problems in commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean.

We employ around 10,000 people primarily in the USA, UK, Europe and Australia, 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 3SDL

3SDL Ltd is an independently owned UK defence and security company.  Specialising in C4ISR, 3SDL consult and provide services and training across the UK MOD and for other government clients globally. They have an exceptional pedigree in tactical secure communications, Electronic Warfare, cyber, software and training. 3SDL’s technical experts combine engineering and operational experience to ensure clients are supported in a timely and independent manner.

3SDL has been delivering Live Airborne CAS and ISR Emulation to Collective Training Group (and been accredited by the UK MoD’s Joint Air Land Organisation (JALO)) since 2012.



Charles Harrowing

Head of External Communications

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