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About Cobham Mission Systems Orchard Park Inc.

Aerospace communications company Cobham can hold a conversation in space and in the depths of the ocean. Serving customers in more than a hundred countries, Cobham provides communication and connectivity technology for use in demanding environments like space, air, on land, in warzones and at sea. The company provides high-reliability electronics, antenna subsystems, and satellite and radio. It also sells air-to-air refuelling systems, aircraft oxygen, cooling, and escape systems; and weapons carriage/release systems. Its aviation services provides maintenance, modification, and training services for military aircraft and crews. The company generates more than half of its sales in the US. In early 2020, Advent International completes £4 billion takeover of Cobham.

Change in Company Type

In early 2020, Advent International (Advent), one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors based in the US, completed the £4 billion takeover of Cobham. Cobham's shares have been delisted from the London Stock Exchange and changed its name to Cobham Limited.


Cobham operates four business units: Advanced Electronic Solutions, Aviation Services, Communications and Connectivity, and Mission Systems.

Advanced Electronic Solutions makes off-the-shelf and customized communication systems for land, at sea, air and space applications; products include antennas and apertures, transmit/receive modules, digital receivers and exciters, frequency converters, synthesizers, and preselectors, switch matrices, integrated microwave assemblies, waveguides, cables, and rotary joints and motion control solutions. The segment accounts for over 30%of total sales.

Aviation Services, representing more than 25% of total sales, delivers outsourced military aviation training, outsourced commercial aviation, and fly-in-fly-out services to the natural resources industry and aircraft engineering.

The Communications and Connectivity segment, approximately 25% of total sales, provides aircraft and communication equipment; satellite communication equipment for land, sea and air, and test and measurement instrumentation for radio frequency, cellular communications and wireless networking.

Mission Systems, which brings in around 15% of revenue, makes safety and survival systems for extreme environments, nose-to-tail aerial refueling systems and wing-tip to wing-tip mission systems for fast jets, transport aircraft and rotorcraft. It also makes remote-controlled bomb disposal robots.

Geographic Reach

UK-based Cobham rings up more than half of its sales in the US, and has manufacturing operations in France, Denmark, Australia, the UK, and the US.

Sales and Marketing

Cobham generates almost 45% of total sales from the US Defence/Security customers, around 25% from the UK and the rest of the world Defence/Security, and the remaining over 30% from commercial customers.

Financial Performance

Note: Growth rates may differ after conversion to US Dollars.

The company's revenue was £2.1 billion in 2019 compared to £1.9 billion, an increase of 11%, with the impact from the 2018 divestments offset by favorable currency translation and organic growth in some sectors.

The debt of the company at the end of 2019 recovered to £58.1 million, mainly due to higher cash provided by operations was £188.1 million in 2019 compared to the prior year with £142.6 million.

Cobham Mission Systems Orchard Park Inc.

10 Centre Dr
Orchard Park, NY 14127-2280
Phone: 1 (716) 662-0006

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
Quality Control Director: Todd Avery
Maintenance Manager: Ed Post
Director Information Technology: Jim Talty
Employees (This Location): 277
Employees (All Locations): 815

Major Office Locations

Orchard Park, NY

Other Locations

Westminster, MD