• Sentinel Coastwatch Border Force aircraft flying over the sea

Project Sentinel

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RAAF Base Edinburgh

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Cobham Aviation Services

Cobham is contracted to provide airborne surveillance operations for Australia’s national security, border protection, law enforcement, and environmental protection.

Under the world’s largest outsourced surveillance operation, Cobham patrols Australia’s 15-million-square-kilometre exclusive economic zone (EEZ) under contract with the Australian Border Force (ABF).

This turnkey operation deploys a fleet of specially-modified surveillance aircraft flying 15,000 hours and 2,500 missions per year, providing all weather, day and night coverage. The fleet of Dash 8 aircraft is fitted with a suite of sophisticated sensors fully integrated and networked in real-time via high-bandwidth satellite communications with the ABF command centre in Canberra. The modification and integration of the fleet was undertaken in house by Cobham in Australia.