Cobham Mission Equipment is the world market leader for air-to-air refuelling systems providing fifth generation solutions to increase the operational range and military effectiveness of frontline aircraft.

Unparalleled expertise in AAR 

About air to airCobham Mission Equipment specialises in the design, development and manufacture of critical technology for air- to-air refuelling and is the world market lead in this field.  To date, more than 2,000 hose and probe refuelling systems have been delivered to customers across the globe.  

The unique refuelling equipment enhances the man-machine interface from crew operations on the flight deck: from the integration of avionics equipment in tanker aircraft cockpits, through to the refuelling probes in the receiver aircraft.  This expertise has helped to enable half a century of Royal Air Force VC-10 success and now plays a pivotal role in the performance of RAF Voyager.

Fifth generation refuelling technology

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Cobham Mission Equipment (CME) is a Primary Sub Contractor (PSC) to AirTanker Services and is responsible for supporting the air-to-air refuelling (AAR) equipment issued to support AirTanker fleet of 14 air transport AAR aircraft.


Each of the 14 aircraft will be fitted with two fifth generation 905E Wing Pod Refuelling Units, five of which will be fitted with Cobham’s latest centre-line mounted 805E Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU. The Cobham team based in Wimborne has been involved in leading the development and delivery of this pioneering programme.

Comprehensive service

Cobham - SupportCobham provides an extensive portfolio of services to the Voyager programme. This includes material support; repair and overhaul; logistics and transportation; on-site technical support; plus calibration and maintenances of Special-to-Type Tooling (STT), Special-to-Type Test Equipment (STTE) and Ground Support Equipment (GSE).