Rotary wing search and rescue

Cobham Aviation Services has extensive experience supporting rotary wing search and rescue (SAR) activities. We have specially modified SAR helicopters based in both Curaçao and Cyprus. In Curaçao the aircraft are flown by Cobham on behalf of the Dutch Caribbean Coastguard. These helicopters are fitted with night vision devices (NVD) and a full sensor suite, which meet the customers exacting needs.

Our SAR capabilities extend to include specialist helicopter SAR training and we have provided comprehensive training programs at the Royal Air Force’s Valley base in the UK for the UK Ministry of Defence, Commonwealth and international aircrew. At the SAR Training Unit (SARTU), we provide advanced SAR training for experienced pilots and crewmen, selected for frontline SAR Squadrons. This training is conducted on the Bell 412 or AW139 helicopters, which have advanced SAR autopilot modes and NVG capability.

Cobham is also experienced in providing experienced SAR crews and instructors, anywhere in the world, where we can establish a new SAR capability or undertake SAR operations for a customer.

Fixed wing search and rescue

Cobham Aviation Services will provide a turn-key SAR capability for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) from late 2016.

AMSA is responsible for the provision of SAR in Australia and Australia’s SAR zone encompasses more than 10% of the earth’s surface.  AMSA utilises aircraft based in strategic locations across Australia to perform SAR tasks such as searching for missing people, locating activated distress beacons, providing communications support at an incident and dropping survival equipment to people in distress.

Cobham is currently modifying four Bombardier Challenger CL-604 special mission jet aircraft to provide a search and rescue capability for AMSA over land and at sea. These aircraft will be modified to meet Australian requirements and fitted with latest generation direction finding, radar, EO/IR and video anomaly sensors integrated into a mission management system, high-vision windows and air operable doors for aerial delivery of life saving equipment.