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Leidos Australia to acquire Cobham’s Special Mission aircraft unit

4th August 2022 - 02:16 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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If its acquisition proceeds, Leidos Australia will pick up civil contracts such as the one with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, but it will also hope to exploit the defence sector. (AMSA)

The pending acquisition of Cobham's Special Mission business unit would allow expansion into a new area for Leidos Australia.

Leidos Australia plans to acquire the Special Mission business side of Cobham Aviation Services Australia, the company announced on 2 August.

The acquisition from Cobham Limited is significant as it adds both an airborne surveillance, and search and rescue component to Leidos Australia’s portfolio. Of course, the deal must first gain regulatory approvals.

This Special Mission business already provides airborne border surveillance and search and rescue services to the Australian government.

Roger Krone, the Leidos Chairman and CEO, commented: ‘Cobham’s Special Mission team conducts essential operations that protect Australia’s borders, support law enforcement and environmental protection and save lives. The integration of

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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