Cobham wins $640m Australian Maritime Safety Authority contract for Airborne Search and Rescue

31 October 2014


Thomson Geer has advised Cobham in its negotiations to secure the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) contract to provide an airborne search and rescue capability in Australia for 12 years from 2016, with aircraft modification and mobilisation activity to commence later this year.

The contract, secured through open industry competition, has a value including estimated flying charges of AUD $640 million over 12 years. If three additional optional years are exercised by AMSA, the full value would exceed AUD $700 million.

AMSA utilises aircraft based in strategic locations across Australia to perform search and rescue tasks such as searching for missing people, locating activated distress beacons, providing communications support at an incident and dropping survival equipment to people in distress.