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Aircraft design and modification

Our in-house engineering and modification capabilities provide bespoke platform solutions.


Cobham specialises in the integration of high-tech avionic and mission system solutions into complex air platforms. We hold extensive design approvals for modifications in aircraft structures; systems; power plants; electrical and instrument systems; and is an approved weight control authority.

Our expertise includes the design, manufacture, installation and integration of aircraft search and rescue (SAR) equipment including rescue hoists 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.

We completed the design and integration of the search and rescue challenger jet fleet that we now operate and maintain on behalf of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.