Cobham Defense, Electronic Systems Corporation: The $1.4 Billion Contractor You May Have Never Heard Of


Last year, Cobham purchased the Surveillance and Attack business unit of BAE Systems in Lansdale and M/A-COM, as well as SPARTA Strategic Business Unit to form Cobham Defense Electronic Systems Corporation, a subsidiary of British defense contractor Cobham plc. led by Jeremy Wensinger with combined revenues of $1.4bn and more than 5, 000 employees.  The company is beginning to grow to a size and scale locally that is getting the attention of beltway business leaders.

Wensinger said in an interview with Microwave Journal that these acquisitions have enabled “Cobham to become the recognized leader in the design and manufacture of advanced RF and microwave systems, subsystems and components.”

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He continued that Cobham Defense Electronic Systems Corporation intends to “continue to expand its Antenna/Sensor Subsystem capability into markets such as Electro Optical and IR, ” and that its current acquisition plan is not “Brick and Mortar, ” but focused on “the hard working people and the intellectual talent these people bring to our organization.”

What emerging markets is Cobham expanding into? “We think India is one of the major emerging defense and homeland security markets poised for growth.”

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