in Aerospace / Security

Cobham selected by Home Office to provide ESN ACS

Posted 20 August 2019 · Add Comment

Cobham has been selected by the UK Home Office to provide the full Emergency Services Network Aircraft Communications System (ESN ACS) as part of the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP), in a contract worth £64 million.


Courtesy Cobham


The system, a first of its type worldwide, will provide mission critical push-to-talk voice and high-speed data services over LTE for all UK police and air ambulance aircraft with deliveries during 2021-22. Other UK users of Cobham’s airborne TETRA may also adopt the system.

Cobham’s solution, an evolution of its market-leading RT-7000 tactical radio selected for use by over 20 public safety aviation units worldwide, will simplify installation and ease user adoption by using existing form factors and familiar HMI from Cobham’s proven TETRA systems. Cobham will also supply highly sophisticated antennas to operate on both the ESN terrestrial band and dedicated Air to Ground network.


Courtesy Cobham


As part of the ESN ACS project Cobham has collaborated with QinetiQ to bring world-class test and assurance capability to the team. Together, the two companies will deliver an assured programme for the UK Emergency Services, backed by 10 years of through life support with the option for a further five years.

Paul Kahn, Sector President of Cobham Communication & Connectivity said: “This win reinforces Cobham’s position as the market leader in critical communications for airborne users. We are proud to offer our continued support to UK emergency services having provided their existing airborne TETRA communications systems since the inception of Airwave.

"We are excited to be involved in their transition to LTE, enabling new capabilities whilst maintaining the critical voice services upon which our emergency services depend to keep us safe”

With several countries expected to migrate from TETRA-based systems to LTE-based Government communication networks in the near future, Cobham is well placed to help users of airborne TETRA systems in those countries benefit from this capability and experience.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Latest News

Berwick Partners appoints Joe Hughes as Infrastructure Consultant

Executive search firm Berwick Partners has expanded its Built Environment Practice with the appointment of transportation and aviation expert, Joe Hughes.

Scottish Enterprise helps Celestia UK develop advanced antenna systems

Celestia Technologies Group UK Ltd (Celestia UK) will establish an innovative project to develop a fully electronic scanning antenna for use with satellite-based aircraft Wi-Fi applications after receiving a £2.5 million

Cornwall Airport Newquay appoints Pete Downes as Managing Director

Cornwall Airport Newquay has announced that from 4th May 2020, Pete Downes will be its new Managing Director.

Airline CEOs addressing sustainability at Routes Europe 2020

Routes Europe will this April gather senior decision-makers in Bergen, Norway, to place sustainability under the spotlight, as perhaps the most pressing issues facing the aviation industry today.

Aerospace and defence professionals say project planning essential

Good planning is the most important factor for preventing aerospace and defence projects from going over budget, according to new research by the Association for Project Management (APM).

Getac to showcase Body-Worn Camera at Security & Policing

The Getac team will be presenting its latest range of secure rugged mobile computing devices for the security sector - including its Body-Worn Camera - at the Security & Policing Home Office event, being held 3rd - 5th March 2020, at

ODU 0201311219
See us at
SMI favws BT0602040620VIDSE BT1605060320AMAS BT0312270220DVD 2020S&P BT241019040320FIL20BT010819260720