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Cobham AMSA challenger aircraft
Highly-modified aircraft operated by specially-trained mission aircrew
Search-and-rescue response team
Every mission matters. We help save lives using highly modified Challenger jets

We provide fixed wing border surveillance services under contract with the Australian Border Force.

This is the World’s largest outsourced civil maritime surveillance operation, patrolling Australia’s 8.2 million square kilometre Exclusive Economic Zone.

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Search & rescue

We provide fixed wing search-and-rescue response capability over land and sea on behalf of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

To provide this capability, we designed, integrated, commissioned and now operate a fleet of Challenger jets that contain some of the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art technology ever to be integrated into a civil SAR platform.

Mission Aircrew

Outside of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Cobham is the largest employer of mission aircrew in Australia and currently runs a highly specialised mission aircrew training system that trains more than 30 mission aircrew per year.

Aircraft design and modification

Cobham is uniquely placed to leverage its extensive knowhow and capability in support of defence projects.

Our capabilities include airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Search-and-Rescue (SAR) operations, mission aircrew training, modifications, sensor integration and Mission Management System (MMS) development.

Special mission careers

Special missions often require a unique blend of military and commercial aviation expertise and capability. Our passionate, mission-focused team are made up of people from all walks of life. From experienced aviators who have served with the Australian Defence Force, to those who have worked in the commercial aviation industry, many of our people with diverse industry backgrounds are united by a mutual passion for aviation.

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