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Cobham Sells Sparta Unit to Parsons

In yet another M&A action in the defense industry British contractor, Cobham plc (COB:LSE), has agreed to sell its Analytic Solutions group to Parsons Corporation. The transaction is estimated at about $350 million.

Sparta was formerly a private company started in 1979 that provides SETA support as well as technical products and services to the U.S. defense and intelligence business sector. The company was acquired by Cobham a few years ago. Foreign defense contractors, especially those from Great Britain, had grown their presence in the U.S. defense market in the last decade through mergers, acquisitions as well as winning some contracts. Due to the rapid expansion of the defense budget post-9/11 the market was their for them to provide competition to the U.S. domestic industry.

Sparta provides design, development, fielding and sustainment support for ballistic missile defense systems primarily working through the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). It also supports tactical weapon systems especially in the area of logistics as well as network-centric warfare operations. Sparta also supports the intelligence community through developing software and hardware tools and operating computer networks and systems.

Parson’s is about a $2.7 billion engineering support company that not only provides defense services but also civil efforts across the globe. These include engineering and construction, transportation and infrastructure support. Many of their efforts in defense have synergy with Sparta’s but they provide some that are different such as range and training support. Parson’s revenue recently peaked in 2008 and is now about $700 million less then that year. Stock price and Net Operating Income though have gone up steadily though.

If the U.S. defense budget does see major cuts it might be harder for the U.K. and other non-U.S. companies to sustain their current level of revenue. The pressure to always choose a domestic provider will be high on the U.S. Defense Department and the Services. Cobham could also be looking at the market and believing that what Sparta provides may be an area of shrinkage or more competition and now has decided to focus on more core assets. Sparta formed one of nine business units in the company. Last year the company had revenue of about $3 billion.

If the expected decline in defense spending does occur then the U.S. defense industry may see major consolidation as happened in the 1990′s though M&A as well as companies moving out of the sector. The government reportedly has made it clear that they would not like to see any of the big 5 defense contractors (Boeing (BA), Raytheon (RTN), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Northrop Grumman (NOC) and General Dynamics (GD), who are the primary hardware providers merge as did happen in the 90′s.

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Cobham Wins £8M Orders for Counter IED Technologies — Press Release

Cobham Wins £8M Orders for Counter IED Technologies

Cobham has been awarded orders worth £8 million for the supply of Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) equipment to undisclosed NATO nations.

Cobham has developed a range of innovative technologies and products, which help to protect soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in their search for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

“This is another example of Cobham enhancing the operational capability of NATO forces and keeping troops safe, based on the deployment of state-of-the-art technology developed using our own private venture funding,” said Fred Cahill, vice president of Cobham Antenna Systems. “Cobham’s dismounted, vehicle and robotic C-IED technologies will position us to compete for opportunities worth in excess of £100 million over the next five years.”

Work under these contracts will be delivered during the second and third quarters of calendar year 2011.

About Cobham

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 75 years. Keeping people safe, improving communications and enhancing the capabilities of land, sea, air, and space platforms. The Company has three divisions employing more than 11,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of some £1.9bn / USD $3 billion.

About Cobham Antenna Systems

Cobham Antenna Systems is a world leader in the design and manufacture of communication systems and antennas for aircraft, ships and vehicles. Cobham’s innovative communication, navigation, jamming, electronic warfare, telemetry and

radar antennas serve all major commercial aviation manufacturers and operators, major defence contractors, emergency response organisations and law enforcement agencies with high speed data, voice and video.

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Cobham Receives Five-Year, US $45M Long-Term Agreement from Pratt & Whitney for Advanced Composite Products — Press Release

Cobham Receives Five-Year, US $45M Long-Term Agreement from Pratt & Whitney for Advanced Composite Products

SAN DIEGO, California – Cobham has received a five-year, US $45 million long-term agreement from Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, to manufacture advanced composite products for multiple military aircraft engine applications.

Cobham will produce advanced, medium and high temperature composite structures for both the F135 and F119 engines at the company’s state-of-the-art production facilities in San Diego, California and Suffolk, Virginia.

“We are proud to have this opportunity to grow our excellent working relationship with Pratt & Whitney, and have worked closely with Pratt & Whitney to provide assured manufacturing capabilities for their F135 engine,” said Jeremy Wensinger, president of Cobham Defense Systems division. “This long term agreement represents an important step in realizing our growth plans, and will be establishing dual manufacturing lines in both San Diego and Suffolk to preclude any natural or man-made disasters from taking down the production line.”

Pratt & Whitney’s F135 propulsion system is the engine of choice for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, a fifth generation, advanced, single-engine tactical fighter. The F135 is the derivative of the proven F119 engine, the technologically advanced turbofan engine exclusively powering the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor.

Cobham has been a key supplier to Pratt & Whitney for more than five years for a variety of composite applications for both military and commercial aircraft engines.

About Cobham

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 75 years, keeping people safe, improving communications, and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has three divisions employing more than 11,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of some £1.9bn / $3 billion.

About Cobham Defense Systems:

Cobham Defense Systems division designs, develops and manufactures critical technology for network centric and intelligence operations, enabling transmission and management of information for the digital battlefield. Cobham radar products, specialist antennas and microwave subsystems play critical roles in many of the world’s major defense systems and platforms, including the Aegis radar system, F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and Standard Missile. The Defense Systems division also provides specialist scientific, systems engineering and technical assistance (SETA) services to Intelligence and Missile Defense agencies.

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Cobham to Provide Vehicle Intercoms, Combat Radios in US$21 Million Middle East Deal — Press Release

Cobham to Provide Vehicle Intercoms, Combat Radios in US$21 Million Middle East Deal

BLACKBURN, United Kingdom – Cobham will provide its military Vehicle Intercom System and Eagle Close Combat Radio to an undisclosed Middle East customer through two contracts totalling US$21 million.

Integrating the Eagle Close Combat Radio with the Vehicle Intercoms allows dismounted soldiers to communicate with vehicle crews and remotely access the Combat Net Radio system.

The Eagle Radio is designed as a short range squad radio and as a wireless link to a Vehicle Intercom System. Eagle was selected for its ease of use, full duplex ad-hoc networking capability, security features and remote access to man-pack and vehicle mounted Combat Net Radios.

Cobham’s Intercom System is the compact version of the well established ROVIS range, designed for use on vehicles where space is at a premium. Cobham has supplied more than 55,000 compact systems around the world and more than 125,000 intercoms of all types.

“Our ROVIS Intercom Systems offer a capable and cost effective intercom solution,” said Cobham Defence Communications Vice President Steve Collier. “We’ve been expecting these orders for some time, so we can now concentrate on delivery.”

In 2010 the US Army selected Cobham’s new TacG2 system for its $2.4 billion Vehicle Intercom System Extended (VIS-X) programme. The TacG2 is a modular, scalable system which may be extended to provide a wider and more advanced communications network.

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COBHAM ACQUIRES LEADING SUPPLIER OF ADVANCED BOMB DISPOSAL ROBOTS FOR EURO 78 MILLION — Press Release

COBHAM ACQUIRES LEADING SUPPLIER OF ADVANCED BOMB DISPOSAL ROBOTS FOR EURO 78 MILLION

Cobham plc (‘Cobham’ or the ‘Group’) has acquired the share capital of Telerob GmbH (‘Telerob’), a privately-owned German-based manufacturer of advanced bomb disposal robots and threat response vehicles for EUR 78 million.

Telerob manufactures medium and heavy-weight Explosive Ordnance Device (EOD) robots and response vehicles designed to deal with nuclear, biological and chemical threats primarily for homeland security markets. The company has more than 700 systems in 55 countries, with many systems in operation in Asia and the Middle East where it has established itself as a market leader.

Cobham will be able to integrate its technology into Telerob systems, including communications equipment and sensors that it already provides for the EOD market along with specialist cameras manufactured by another recently acquired company, RVision. This will enable the Group to develop more distinctive and competitive systems, as well as increasing the value to Cobham of each system sold.

Telerob employs 80 staff, half of whom are engaged in R&D, and its skills base and technology are highly complementary to Cobham’s. The company will become part of Cobham’s Mission Equipment business unit and will significantly strengthen the Group’s ability to deliver market-leading robot products to fast-growing homeland security markets around the world. Cobham Mission Equipment has more than 20 years’ experience working on unmanned, remote systems, from the Phoenix UAV to the latest generation of autonomous air-to-air refuelling systems.

The acquisition is being funded from Cobham’s existing cash resources. The consideration comprises EUR 75 million payable in cash on completion on a debt and cash free basis, and a seller’s note from certain shareholders of EUR 3 million which will be repayable in installments on the first, second and third anniversary of completion.

Cobham has acquired two businesses in the US and Europe worth a total of US$150m in the past month, both serving homeland security markets, with complementary technologies and routes to market.

Andy Stevens, Cobham Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Telerob brings distinctive Explosive Ordnance Device technology and international routes to market that are highly complementary to ours. This acquisition will enable us to enhance the product range we can offer to homeland security markets.”

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Cobham to Enhance its Presence in India — Press Release

Cobham to Enhance its Presence in India

DELHI, India – Cobham is significantly enhancing its existing presence in India through the establishment of a wholly owned subsidiary, Cobham India Private Limited. With offices in New Delhi and Bangalore, Cobham India Private Limited will open during the first quarter of 2010.

“Cobham is committed to building a significant long-term investment in India,” said Andy Stevens, who takes over as CEO of Cobham plc in January 2010. “We already knew that India was one of our most important export markets, however, our Liaison Office in New Delhi, which we opened in 2008, has given us a much better understanding of the needs of our customers and partners. As a result, we have decided to significantly enhance our permanent presence in India in 2010. Looking to the future, we plan to increase our industrial participation, strengthening cooperation with both public and private sector companies.”

Cobham India Private Limited will provide all Indian customers with a single point of contact resulting in closer working relationships with key customers and partners such as Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bharat Electronics Limited and the Indian armed forces. Focusing on long-term strategic partnerships that create sustainable value to Indian industry, Cobham is also actively engaged in pursuing technical and business partnerships with private Indian companies and institutions.

Andy Stevens adds, “We recognise that defence offset is an important issue for the Indian Government. Part of the remit of Cobham India Private Limited includes putting in place structures and processes to ensure that we are well positioned to respond to defence offset commitments.”

Cobham is currently pursuing opportunities across all sectors of the Indian market: defence, security and commercial aerospace.

About Cobham:

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for 75 years, keeping people safe, improving communications, and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4bn / $2.1 billion.

Contacts:

Greg Caires
Julian Wais
Media Relations
Investor Relations

+1 703 414 5319
+44 (0) 1202 857998

[email protected]
[email protected]

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Cobham Enables Airbus A330 Air-to-Air Refuelling Flight Demonstrations — Press Release

Cobham Enables Airbus A330 Air-to-Air Refuelling Flight Demonstrations

WIMBORNE, United Kingdom – Cobham air-to-air refuelling pods have successfully demonstrated the ability to transfer fuel from the Airbus Military A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to Spanish Air Force F-18s with a series of “probe-to-drogue” contacts during recent flight trials.

The 905E refuelling pods, built by Cobham Mission Equipment at Wimborne, UK, represent the Company’s latest generation Aerial Refuelling System, which is the first and only hose & drogue system in the world to employ a dual redundant hose response system — a major contributor to world leading mission availability. During a series of contacts conducted during November 2009, the refuelling system transferred fuel to receiver aircraft and demonstrated effective hose response throughout the trials.

“These ‘wet contact’ flight trials are a major milestone in the development of the A330 MRTT’s tanker capability,” said Iain Gibson, vice president of Cobham Mission Equipment. “This achievement reinforces Cobham’s expertise and position as the world leader in delivering air refuelling solutions to meet the strategic and tactical tanker requirements of air forces around the globe.”

The Royal Australian Air Force A330MRTT platform used for these flight tests is similar in configuration to the solution that Northrop Grumman intends to propose to the US Air Force in response to the KC-X Tanker requirement. The A330 MRTT with 905E pods has also been selected for the UK MoD FSTA programme, the Saudi Arabia Air Force and the United Arab Emirates Air Force.

About Cobham:

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for 75 years, keeping people safe, improving communications, and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4bn / $2.1 billion.

Cobham Mission Equipment is the world market leader for air-to-air Refuelling, providing fourth generation ‘nose to tail’ solutions from the cockpit of the donor aircraft to the tail of the receiver platform. To date, more than 1,000 systems have been delivered for buddy-buddy refuelling and for tactical and strategic tanking for fixed and rotary wing aircraft, with expertise now extended into the development of autonomous UAV to UAV refuelling.

Contacts:

Greg Caires
Julian Wais
Media Relations
Investor Relations

+1 703 414 5319
+44 (0) 1202 857998

[email protected]
[email protected]

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Cobham Opens New Aerospace/Defense Cable Systems Plant in New Hampshire — Press Release

Cobham Opens New Aerospace/Defense Cable Systems Plant in New Hampshire

EXETER, New Hampshire – Cobham has opened a new facility in Exeter, NH that will immediately accommodate 80 new jobs related to the manufacture of cable systems sold to the US Government and major aerospace and defense companies.

“This is the second 80,000 square foot Cobham facility at Exeter,” said Steve Schaefer, president of Cobham Sensor Systems. “These 80 new jobs will expand Cobham’s Sensor Systems employment base in New Hampshire to 350 staff members.”

Cobham Sensor Systems products manufactured at this facility support electronics warfare and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) applications, as well as a wide variety of major airborne, shipboard, ground-based, space-based and homeland security-related radar platforms.

About Cobham:

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for 75 years, keeping people safe, improving communications, and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4bn / $2.1 billion.

Cobham Sensor Systems – a strategic business unit with Cobham’s Defense Systems Division – designs and manufactures all classes of active and passive microwave components, composites, radomes and integrated assemblies and subsystems for the aerospace and defense industries, and is the leading supplier of microwave products.

Contacts:

Greg Caires
Media Relations

Julian Wais
Investor Relations

+1 703 414 5319
+44 (0) 1202 857998

[email protected]
[email protected]

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Cobham to Open New Composite Parts Production Facility in Suffolk, Virginia — Press Release

Cobham to Open New Composite Parts Production Facility in Suffolk, Virginia

HERNDON, Virginia – Cobham will open a new composite parts manufacturing facility in Suffolk, Virginia, during early 2010. The facility will manufacture advanced composite products for the aerospace and defense industry. Cobham anticipates that nearly 200 new jobs will be created during the first five years of the new facility’s operation.

The Suffolk facility will operate as part of Cobham’s Defense Systems division and will complement existing similar facilities in San Diego, California. Similar products will be produced at both the San Diego and Suffolk facilities, with a strong emphasis on high-volume production programs in the Suffolk facility. The focus will be on advanced aircraft engine components, aircraft and rotorcraft structural products, unmanned aerial vehicle components, as well as missile and munitions products for the US defense industry.

Jeremy Wensinger, President Cobham Defense Systems division said: “The most significant factors that sold us on Suffolk included its outstanding quality of living, close proximity to excellent academic institutions with complementary curricula to our industry, and most importantly a high-technology skilled and disciplined workforce available through the over 18,000 retiring military personnel annually.”

About Cobham:

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 70 years, keeping people safe, improving communications, and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4bn / $2.1 billion.

Cobham Defense Systems – one of Cobham’s four operating division – designs, develops and manufactures critical technology for network centric and intelligence operations, enabling information to be moved around and managed on the digital battlefield. The Division also supplies distinctive, high technology products for the commercial aerospace and civilian markets.

Contacts:

Greg Caires Julian Wais
Media Relations Investor Relations

+1 703 414 5319
+44 (0) 1202 857998

[email protected]
[email protected]

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Cobham Celebrates 75th Anniversary — Press Release

Cobham Celebrates 75th Anniversary

WIMBORNE, United Kingdom – Cobham traces its origin to this day in 1934, when aviation pioneer and innovator Sir Alan Cobham founded Flight Refuelling Ltd. By 1934, Sir Alan Cobham had already established his reputation as an aviation pioneer, passionate about making the aircraft a mainstream means of transport. He came to prominence flying potential commercial airline routes between the UK and India, Africa, and Australia during the 1920s. During the 1930s, he introduced more than a million people to the experience of flight with “Cobham’s Flying Circus”.

Although the company he founded in 1934 started as an air-to-air refuelling specialist and is still the world leader in this field, Cobham today is so much more. Through a combination of organic growth and the acquisition of over 50 companies, the Group’s capabilities are now increasingly focused around C4ISR, safety and survival.

The Group’s products and services have played pivotal roles in world events from the Berlin Airlift to the US and European space programs, NATO operations and relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and China’s Sichuan earthquake in 2008. Cobham is also involved with customers and partners on some of the most important programmes in Aerospace and Defence such as Eurofighter Typhoon, F-35, Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft, A400M and vehicle intercom systems for land based vehicles.

Cobham has produced a commemorative web site and a book dedicated to its employees past and present. His Royal Highness Prince Philip, who knew Sir Alan and Sir Michael Cobham, has kindly written the foreword to this book. In it he states:

“Anyone who has a talent for engineering and the ambition to use it for the benefit of humanity would be well-advised to read this book as a source of inspiration and encouragement. Equally, anyone intending to follow a career in politics might learn some important lessons about the value of engineers and engineering to the creation of wealth and national prosperity.”

The Group’s development over the past 75 years has been guided by only four Chief Executives: Sir Alan Cobham, his son Sir Michael Cobham, Gordon Page CBE, and Allan Cook CBE.

For further information visit www.cobham75.com.

About Cobham:

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for 75 years, keeping people safe, improving communications, and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4bn / $2.1 billion.

Contacts:

Greg Caires
Media Relations
+1 703 414 5319

Julian Wais
Investor Relations

+1 703 414 5319 +44 (0) 1202 857998

[email protected]
[email protected]

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Global MilSatCom 2009 to address the latest operational challenges — Press Release

Global MilSatCom 2009 to address the latest operational challenges

With a truly international speaker line-up, including representatives from the US, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Belgium, France and the UK, Global MilSatCom 2009 will provide attendees with an unparalleled opportunity to network with senior professionals from within the satcom arena.

In just under 4 weeks time, over 300 senior military & industry experts will meet at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London for Europe’s leading event for satellite communication professionals.

Taking place between the 2nd & 4th November, this year’s agenda includes addresses from Lieutenant General Larry James, Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command, and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, US Strategic Command, US Air Force; Rear Admiral Liz Young, Director, System Engineering, National Reconnaissance Office, and Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Space Field Activity (SSFA), and Program Executive Officer for Space Systems, US Navy; Malcolm Green, CBE SATCOM and Deployable CIS Team Leader, NATO C3 Agency; and Brigadier General Ian Fordred, Director, Information Communication Technology (DICT) in the Command and Management Information Systems Division (CMIS), South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

A full exhibition hall, and 2 sponsored evening networking receptions offer numerous opportunities for learning about the latest technologies driving the market & for building new contacts and industry partnerships.

In addition to this exceptional conference & exhibition, Cobham will be hosting an interactive workshop on the afternoon of 4th of November which will address key themes in the important area of convergence in battlefield communications systems.

For more information on our impressive speaker line up please visit www.globalmilsatcom.com.

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Cobham Awarded US$40m Contract for Digital Vehicle Intercom Systems — Press Release

Cobham Awarded US$40m Contract for Digital Vehicle Intercom Systems

BLACKBURN, United Kingdom – Cobham’s Defence Systems Division has received two delivery order releases valued at US$40m from Northrop Grumman for the ongoing supply of its ROVIS (AN/VIC-3) digital vehicular intercom systems for the US Army. All deliveries of the intercom system, which provides enhanced communication and situational awareness to users of armoured and light tactical vehicles including MRAPs, will be made by the end of first quarter 2010.

Allan Cook, Cobham Chief Executive said: “The demand for our digital vehicle intercom systems continues to grow, with more than 120,000 systems fielded with 18 armies around the world. This award builds on the success of the ROVIS (AN/VIC-3) product line which we have achieved through our ongoing relationship with Northrop Grumman in satisfying the US Army’s intercom requirements. ”

About Cobham:

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 70 years, keeping people safe, improving communications, and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4bn / $2.1 billion.

Cobham Defence Communications is a world leader in the design and supply of communication, battle management and soldier systems products which provide enhanced communications and tactical situational awareness for the warfighter. The Vehicular Intercommunication System product line provides enhanced communication and situational awareness to users of armoured and light vehicles and is in service with 18 armed forces around the world, with over 120,000 systems fielded.

Contacts:

Greg Caires
Julian Wais
Media Relations
Investor Relations

+1 703 414 5319
+44 (0) 1202 857998

[email protected]
[email protected]

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Cobham Enables F-35B Aerial Refueling — Press Release

cobham oneCobham Enables F-35B Aerial Refueling

ARLINGTON, Virginia – Cobham – the market leader in aerial refueling products and technologies – enabled the recently completed aerial refueling tests of the F-35B, the short-take-off-and-vertical-landing (STOVL) variant of the Joint Strike Fighter destined for the US Marine Corps, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, and the Italian Air Force and Navy. During these tests, fuel was transferred from a KC-130 tanker equipped with Cobham aerial refueling pods, to an F-35 equipped with a Cobham aerial refueling probe.

Cobham Mission Equipment will provide the robust, light-weight, high-fuel rate probe to each F-35B and F-35C (carrier variant) via Parker Aerospace, the aircraft’s lead fuel system designer and supplier. The retractable, 5.5 foot-long aluminum alloy probe is located on the right side of the forward fuselage. Cobham was selected to provide the probe in 2002, and qualified probes are now in production.

The US Navy and Marine Corps are scheduled to buy approximately 680 F-35Bs and F-35Cs, while the United Kingdom is expected to buy approximately 138 F-35Bs. Cobham also makes aerial refuelling probes for the Harrier jump jet, the Gripen multi-role fighter, and the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.

Beyond probes, Cobham is also the market leader in aerial refuelling pods. There are today more than 150 US Marine Corps KC-130s and US Air Force C-130 tanker tankers equipped with various models of Cobham pods. In addition, Cobham aerial refueling pods also equip strategic tankers such as the KC-10s and KC-135s used by the USAF, and the A330 for Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

About Cobham:

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 70 years, keeping people safe, improving communications, and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4bn / US$2.1 billion.

Cobham Mission Equipment is the world market leader for air-to-air Refuelling, providing fourth generation ‘nose to tail’ solutions from the cockpit of the donor aircraft to the tail of the receiver platform. To date, more than 1,000 systems have been delivered for buddy-buddy refuelling and for tactical and strategic tanking for fixed and rotary wing aircraft, with expertise now extended into the development of autonomous UAV to UAV refuelling.

Contacts:

Greg Caires
Media Relations

Julian Wais
Investor Relations

+1 703 414 5319
+44 (0) 1202 857998

[email protected]
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Cobham Wins U.S. Army Intercom Contract

Cobham and its U.S. partner Northrop Grumman were awarded a contract to provide vehicle intercom systems for the U.S. Army. This ten year contract could be worth over $10 billion if all options are exercised. The English company will provide its newer Vis-X system for use in a variety of armored and other vehicles. The two companies are already providing an earlier version of the system under a previous contract.

Over the last ten years the U.S. military has relied on European companies to provide all types of material. These companies often either have formed partnerships with major American contractors or invested in mergers and acquisitions of companies originally former there. This has allowed them to work within the constructs of U.S. technology transfer laws and provide the necessary competition required by U.S. contract requirements.

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Cobham Awarded £18m MFTS Contract — Press Release

Cobham Awarded £18m MFTS Contract

3 August 2009 — Cobham has been awarded a contract worth some £18 million by Ascent Flight Training for the first phase of the United Kingdom Military Flying Training Service (UKMFTS). The contract is for the modification of four special mission Hawker-Beechcraft B350ER King Air aircraft at Cobham Aviation Services facilities at Bournemouth International Airport, and the provision of in-service support for an initial period of five years at RNAS Culdrose.

Stephen Fitz-Gerald, President Cobham Aviation Services Division said “I’m delighted that we can contribute to the provision of training for Royal Naval observers in support of front line operations, using our extensive experience in the operation, modification and maintenance of both fixed wing and rotary aircraft for the UK MoD.”

About Cobham:

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 70 years, keeping people safe, improving communications and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4 billion / US$ 2.1 billion.

Cobham Aviation Services operates more than 150 fixed and rotary wing aircraft internationally. It operates the largest civil maritime surveillance contract in the world and trains all UK helicopter pilots for the Navy, Air Force and Army. The Division provides modern warfare training and essential flight inspection services for civil and military airports in the UK, Europe and beyond, and specialises in the conversion and support of a wide range of civil and military platforms.

Contacts:

Greg Caires Julian Wais
Media Relations Investor Relations
+1 703 414 5319 +44 (0) 1202 857998
[email protected] [email protected]

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Cobham Awarded US$15m Contract for Advanced Next Generation Radio

Cobham Awarded US$15m Contract for Advanced Next Generation Radio

LOWELL, Massachusetts – Cobham has been awarded US$14.8 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the Wireless Network after Next (WNaN) program.

Under this cost plus fixed fee contract, Cobham Sensor Systems in Lowell, Massachusetts, will design, develop and demonstrate low-cost wireless network nodes which support adaptation by means of distributed network processing. A key element of the design is affordability, to allow wide deployment throughout the Armed Services.

The radios will be demonstrated during follow-on field trials by the Department of Defense in 2010. The U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL/RIKD) is the contracting activity.

About Cobham:

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 70 years, keeping people safe, improving communications and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4 billion / US$ 2.1 billion.

Cobham Sensor Systems designs and manufactures all classes of active and passive microwave components, assemblies and subsystems, composites and radomes for the aerospace and defense industries, and is the leading supplier of many microwave products.

Contacts:

Greg Caires
Julian Wais
Media Relations
Investor Relations

+1 703 414 5319
+44 (0) 1202 857998

[email protected]
[email protected]

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Cobham Awarded US$32 Million US Navy Contract for Low Band Transmitters — Press Release

LANSDALE, Pennsylvania – Cobham has been awarded a US$32 million contract modification from the US Navy to provide 37 additional AN/ALQ-99 Low Band Transmitters (LBT) under Lot 2 of the program’s Full Rate Production (FRP) phase.

Work under this contract will be performed by Cobham Sensor Systems in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Lot 2 deliveries are scheduled to begin in March 2011 and continue through November 2011.

This award, a modification to the existing Lansdale FRP Lot 1 contract, brings the total number of LBTs ordered by the Navy to 157, reflecting US$217 million in total Lansdale contracts. The FRP Lot 1 contract for 51 systems was announced by Cobham in April 2009 with a value of US$72M. The Navy intends to buy a total of 292 LBTs. To date, 46 systems have been delivered.

LBT is designed to protect strike aircraft, ships, and ground troops by disrupting enemy radar and communications. It is flown on US Navy and Marine Corps EA-6B aircraft, and is currently heavily used in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The US Navy also intends to use LBT on its newest Airborne Electronic Attack aircraft, the EA-18G Growler.

Steve Schaefer, Vice President of Cobham Sensor Systems, said:

“The Low Band Transmitter has been extremely effective and reliable with over 35,000 hours of total service since initial fielding. By replacing several legacy transmitters with one highly reliable system, Cobham has provided the Navy with increased capability to protect the deployed men and women operating in harm’s way.”

About Cobham:

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 70 years, keeping people safe, improving communications and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4 billion / US$ 2.1 billion.

Cobham Sensor Systems designs and manufactures all classes of active and passive microwave components, assemblies and subsystems, composites and radomes for the aerospace and defense industries, and is the leading supplier of many microwave products.

Contacts:

Greg Caires
Julian Wais
Media Relations Investor Relations

+1 703 414 5319
+44 (0) 1202 857998

[email protected]
[email protected]

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Cobham Wins US Army Personal Cooling System Deal Worth Up to US$110 Million — Press Release

Cobham Wins US Army Personal Cooling System Deal Worth Up to US$110 Million

NEWS RELEASE

7 July 2009

Orchard Park, New York – Cobham has been awarded a five year, Indefinite Delivery, Definite Quantity (IDDQ) contract from the US Army to provide Microclimate Cooling Systems to the Air Warrior program office. Cobham’s initial task order is valued at approximately US$6.5 million, with expected revenue of up to $110m during the next five years.

Work under this contract will be performed by Cobham Life Support, a strategic business unit within Cobham’s Mission Systems Division, at Orchard Park, New York. The US Army Aviation and Missile Command is the contracting authority. This award was announced June 30, 2009 on the US Government’s Federal Business Opportunities website.

Kelly Coffield, Cobham Life Support President said:

“We are pleased with the US Army’s continued commitment to increasing the performance of the warfighter through the use of microclimate cooling. These systems significantly contribute to keeping our forces mission ready and combat effective.”

Cobham’s Microclimate Cooling System (MCS), a compact, lightweight, self-contained vapor compression cycle cooling system, is designed for operation on helicopters and ground vehicles and can accommodate single or multiple users. More than 15,000 systems are employed by US military helicopters – including the AH-64 Apache, the CH-47 Chinook and the UH-60 Blackhawk – and US military ground vehicles including the Bradley, Stryker and M1A1 tanks where high temperatures can limit human operational effectiveness.

The MCS helps prevent heat stress by maintaining safe core body temperatures. It extends the mission duration of Soldiers, Marines, and Airmen who are deployed to extreme climates, or who are thermally burdened by required body armor or other protective clothing. To see how the microclimate cooling system serves the troops, please view Cobham’s microclimate cooling video.

About Cobham:

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 70 years, keeping people safe, improving communications and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4 billion / US$ 2.1 billion.

Cobham Life Support is a world leader in life support and personal survival equipment for use under extreme conditions including oxygen systems for aviators and astronauts, crew restraints, flotation gear, emergency beacons and crew and cargo release mechanisms.

Contacts:

Greg Caires Julian Wais
Media Relations Investor Relations
+1 703 414 5319 +44 (0) 1202 857998
[email protected]
[email protected]

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The Airbus Military A330 MRTT Has Successfully Performed First Contacts Using A New Generation Of Under-wing Hose And Drogue Refuelling Pods — Press Relase

The Airbus Military A330 MRTT Has Successfully Performed First Contacts Using A New Generation Of Under-wing Hose And Drogue Refuelling Pods

mrtt-oneThe Airbus Military A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) has completed another major milestone performing successfully a series of dry contacts using the new generation Cobham 905E hose and drogue refuelling pods, located under the wings. The receiver aircraft was a Spanish Air Force F/A-18A+ fighter.

The system performed well in hose extension and retraction, and showed good hose response in the contact as well as stability during pre-contact and when connected.

This new refuelling pod is a development of the 907E pod already in service with the Canadian and German air forces on their A310 MRTTs. The pods can each deliver up to 420 US gal/min (1600 litres/min) through a 90 ft (27.4 m) hose, and are controlled from a state-of-the-art Fuel Operator Console located in the cockpit.

“The next steps in the flight test program involve more contacts with the new hose and drogue refuelling pod and the advanced Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS), refuelling a variety of receivers that will include French, Portuguese and Spanish small and large receiver aircraft. This flight test phase will lead us to the completion of military certification, and final qualification with our customer” said Miguel Morell, Vice President Airbus Military Derivative Programmes.

The A330 MRTT has been selected by the air forces of Australia, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and was chosen last year by the U.S. Air Force for its recapitalization of the service’s aging tanker fleet.

Media contact:
José María Palomino Communications Airbus Military Tel.: +34 91 585 77 89
Barbara Kracht Communications Airbus Military Tel.: +34 91 585 77 89
Eduardo Galicia Communications Airbus Military Tel.: +34 91 585 77 89

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Cobham Contract for Electronic Warfare Transmitters Increased to $72m by US Navy – Press Release

cobhamCobham plc (‘Cobham’) has received a contract modification from the US Navy to produce 51 ALQ-99 Low Band Transmitters (LBT) and provide spare parts for US$72 million. This contract, initially valued at US$37 million, was previously announced by the company in October 2008.

LBT is designed to protect strike aircraft, ships, and ground troops by disrupting enemy radar and communications signals. Employed aboard US Navy and Marine Corps EA-6B aircraft, LBT currently supports Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. LBT will also be used by the Navy’s newest Airborne Electronic Attack platform, the EA-18G Growler.

LBT is manufactured at the Cobham Sensor Systems facility in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. To date, 120 LBTs worth approximately US$185 million have been ordered, with 40 already fielded.

US Navy Captain Steve Kochman, manager of the EA-6B program office (PMA-234) said, “To Navy and Marine Corps aircrew, LBT is the ‘weapon of choice’ for Global War on Terrorism combat operations. LBT has proven exceptionally reliable and mission effective with over 30,000 operating hours in just over two years since introduction. This latest contract, that includes GWOT Supplemental funds, will accelerate deployment of additional transmitters that will make US forces more capable and reduce reliance on legacy equipment.”

ENQUIRIES

Greg Caires, Vice President – Media Relations +1 703 414 5319

Susan Ellis, Senior Communications Adviser +44(0)7836 522722

Julian Wais, Director of Investor Relations +44 (0)1202 857998

Notes

1. Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 70 years, keeping people safe, improving communications and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,500 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenues of more than £1bn.

2. Cobham Defence Systems Division designs and manufactures critical technology for network centric and intelligence operations, enabling information to be moved around and managed on the digital battlefield.

The Division specialises in RF and microwave front ends for radar, communication and electronic warfare systems, providing components, integrated assemblies and subsystems for military aircraft, ground vehicles, missiles, naval vessels, space launch vehicles and satellites.

A comprehensive range of scientific, systems engineering and technical assistance services are provided to the intelligence and missile defence market, including training, testing and evaluation services for US tactical systems, including supportability analysis and training for Unmanned Aircraft Systems programmes.

The Division is also the world leader in advanced tactical military vehicle intercom systems and soldier and ground vehicle situation awareness products and supplies niche, high technology products for the commercial aerospace and civilian markets, including air traffic control and weather radars.

Greg Alan Caires, APR
Vice President, Media Relations
Cobham Corporate North America
2121 Crystal Drive, Suite 625
Arlington, VA 22202

703.414.5319 office
703.663.0274 mobile
703.414.5305 fax

[email protected]

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Further information on Cobham Defense Eletronic System’s buy of BAE unit

The C4ISR Journal has more detail on the purchase of BAE’s Pennsylvania based surveillance and attack unit. Cobham has been buying other companies as it builds up its capabilities and revenue. See the article here.

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BAE Systems Agrees to Sell Their Surveillance and Attack Business

BAE Systems sold their Surveillance and Attack system development group located in Lansdale, PA to Cobham Defense Electronic Systems Corporation. See the Press Release here. This moves the corporation away from subsystem development and into being a primary developer and integrator of total systems. The work being done there was part of their Electronic and Integrated Solutions group, which “designs, develops, and manufactures a wide range of electronic systems and subsystems for military and commercial applications.” Their web page here.

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U.S. Army and Navy Sign Five Year Production Contract with Sikorsky for UH-60 Aircraft

The US Army awarded Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (SAC) a five year contract for the production of UH-60 utility helicopters. The UH-60 is the primary transport aircraft in service with the US Army. It also operates off of US Navy ships in a variety of roles such as logistic support and anti-submarine warfare. The contract is for over 500 aircraft and has a potential value of over 11 Billion dollars. See the SAC Press Release.

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