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Cobham plc is a British manufacturing company based in Wimborne Minster, Dorset

1995 Flight Refuelling changed its name to Cobham[1] on retirement of the chairman, Michael Cobham, son of the founder[2]

1996 Acquired Westwind Air Bearings[3]

September 1997 Cobham bought M. L. Aviation

1997 Cobham had 3 main groups of subsidiary companies:

  • FR Aviation,
  • Aerospace Systems (formerly Flight Refuelling Group)
  • Chelton Group

1997 Slingsby Aviation was acquired and became a member of the Chelton Group.

1997 The Chelton Communications subsidiary acquired Nurad Technologies and certain products of Premier Microware Corporation[4]

2008 Cobham purchased S-TEC Corporation, maker of general aviation autopilots for $38 million

2008 February: Cobham bought the sensor and antenna systems division of BAE Systems for $240 million

2008 June: Cobham acquired Sparta Inc., a US defence business, for $416 million and renamed it Cobham Analytic Solutions

2008 September: Cobham completed the purchase of the radio frequency components business of M/A-COM for $425 million

Early 2009, National Jet Systems renamed itself as Cobham (known as Cobham Aviation Services Australia or CAvSA) in line with a global Cobham rebranding initiative by its parent company Cobham plc.

2009 April: Cobham agreed to purchase Argotek Inc., a provider of high-end information assurance services to the United States Intelligence Community, for $36 million

2009 June: A Cobham - Northrop Grumman 50-50 joint venture won the U.S. Army's US$2.4 billion competition to supply Vehicular Intercom Systems

The subsidiary Slingsby Advanced Composites helped develop the airframe for BAE Systems' Mantis unmanned aerial vehicle

2010 Sold Slingsby Advanced Composites to Marshall of Cambridge[5]

2011 October: Cobham Analytic Solutions was sold for $350 million to the privately owned Parsons Corporation

2015 Revenue £2.1bn. Employs 11,500 persons worldwide.[6]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times October 11, 1995
  2. The Times October 12, 1994
  3. The Times, April 17, 1996
  4. The Times, January 09, 1998
  5. The Times, April 05, 2010
  6. 2015 Annual Report