Cobham Awarded Eight-Year Oil Pollution Detection and Surveillance Contract

The contract incorporates an existing interim contract which has been in operation since January 2012

BOURNEMOUTH, United Kingdom – Cobham has been awarded an eight-year contract from Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL) to provide oil pollution detection and surveillance around the coast of the United Kingdom. As part of the deal, Cobham will operate a dedicated, specially-modified maritime surveillance Dornier 228 aircraft from Bournemouth International Airport. The contract incorporates an existing interim contract which has been in operation since January 2012.

The award continues Cobham’s long-standing ability to perform surveillance operations and enhances the company’s reputation and capability in the airborne surveillance field. Once fully modified, the aircraft will provide a rapid response service to OSRL clients operating around the UK, detecting and monitoring spills and enabling compliance with legislation from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Peter Nottage, vice president of Cobham Aviation Services, said: “Cobham is pleased to be able to play a key role in rapidly identifying and monitoring oil pollution, supporting OSRL and the oil companies in minimising the environmental impact of any spills. Cobham will be operating with well trained experienced surveillance aircrew in a highly capable aircraft. We look forward to working with OSRL and developing our partnership further.”

Founded in 1985, Oil Spill Response Ltd has grown from a single site operation employing 30 staff to a global company of expert personnel operating from multiple sites around the world. Archie Smith, Chief Executive commented “Our primary role is to provide efficient and effective response to oil spill incidents on a global basis, and OSRL is committed to continuous improvement in every aspect of service delivery. Through our contract with Cobham we are able to offer an enhanced oil spill surveillance service in UK waters with real-time high quality imagery which will assist our Members in their decision-making and deliver a more effective and efficient spill response.”

About Cobham
Cobham specializes in meeting the demand for data, connectivity and bandwidth in defense, security and commercial environments. Offering a technically diverse and innovative range of technologies and services, the Group protects lives and livelihoods, responding to customer needs with agility that differentiates it. The most important thing we build is trust. Employing 10,000 people on five continents, the Group has customers and partners in over 100 countries.

About Cobham Aviation Services
Cobham Aviation Services provides specialist aviation solutions to Defence, Government and major commercial customers under long term performance based contracts. This includes operating the largest border protection civil maritime surveillance contract in the world for the Australian Government, supporting Qantas and numerous major resource industry clients across Australia, modern battle space air warfare training for the UK armed forces and NATO, providing air traffic control radar display software and aid calibration services to leading UK and European airports and with partner Bristow Helicopters training all helicopter pilots for the UK’s Navy, Air Force and Army through entity FB Heliservices. With a combined fleet of over 150 fixed and rotary wing aircraft, Cobham Aviation Services is a trusted partner worldwide.

About Cobham Mission Equipment
Cobham Mission Equipment is a systems integration business that has been providing innovative solutions to its customers for over 75 years. The business is the market leader for air-to-air refueling (AAR), providing fifth generation 'nose to tail’ solutions from the cockpit of the donor aircraft, to the tail of the receiver platform. More than 1,000 systems have been delivered for buddy-buddy refueling, tactical and strategic tanking for fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, with Unmanned Air vehicle refueling development well advanced.

The 'nose to tail’ AAR capability is complemented by a comprehensive 'wingtip to wingtip’ offering covering a range of weapons carriage and release equipment, including missile launchers, cryogenic cooling for missile seekers, pneumatic missile fin actuation and wing store carriers, bomb ejection, defensive aids, chaff and flare systems.

Mission Equipment is also a systems solution provider in the field of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robot technology, providing a range of unmanned ground systems and robots serving international homeland security and military markets, with more than 700 systems delivered to 55 countries.

About Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL)
Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL) is the largest international industry-owned co-operative and global provider of oil spill response and preparedness services. This includes not only rapid response to oil spills in different parts of the world but also the provision of training, consultancy and other support services to help mitigate the impact of an oil spill. The company operates from offices in the UK, Bahrain, Singapore, Africa, America and Indonesia and its membership is representative of a significant proportion of global oil production. With a distinguished reputation achieved by attending nearly all the major oil spill incidents for the past 25 years, OSRL is the industry leader in this field.

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