Cobham Aviation Services Australia’s Special Mission division will be acquired by Leidos


Leidos Australia Chief Executive Paul Chase remarked, “I have the utmost regard and admiration for Cobham’s Special Mission team and their performance in service to the Government. “Our service offerings across Australia will grow and become more diverse with the inclusion of the Special Mission business. I’m excited to collaborate with this superb team.”

James Woodhams, managing director of Special Mission, stated, “I’d want to recognise and thank all of the Special Mission team for their continuous devotion and commitment to producing operational outcomes for our customers. “I’m incredibly thrilled about what the team’s future as a member of Leidos holds.”


In order to provide essential services across Australia, Cobham Special Mission owns and operates 14 customised aircraft, including:

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  • According to Leidos Chairman and CEO Roger Krone, “Cobham’s Special Mission team undertakes important missions that secure Australia’s borders, support law enforcement, and environmental protection and save lives.” The addition of Special Mission to Leidos Australia will increase the reach of our airborne ISR capabilities on a global scale, diversify income sources, and create new growth opportunities.

  • Kim Gillis, chairman of Cobham Aviation Services, declared, “This is a fantastic combination.” “Leidos has operations in airborne ISR that are remarkably complementary to Cobham Special Mission, as well as deep platform integration expertise, and both organisations uphold exceptional track records of delivering mission critical services to government and defence customers,” says the statement.