Project Sentinel

Cobham Aviation Services has been supporting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft for the Australian Border Force from its Adelaide headquarters since 1995. 

Under the $1 billion Project Sentinel contract, which started in 2008 and runs until 2021, Cobham Aviation Services supplied, modified and integrated the on-board mission systems for 10 Dash 8 maritime surveillance aircraft, and now operates and maintains the aircraft.

The program is the world’s largest outsourced maritime surveillance operation. It provides all-weather, day-and-night electronic surveillance of Australia’s 15-million-square-kilometre maritime exclusive economic zone.

Cobham’s activity in South Australia is concentrated on aircraft modification, heavy maintenance and integration, and operational control for its Australian-based business units.

For further information please direct all enquiries to Reg Carruthers, Director, Aerospace at Defence SA. Tel: +61 8 8226 5027 or