Cobham is a major international aerospace and defense engineering company. The origin of the company goes back to 1934 when Sir Alan Cobham founded FRL to investigate AAR techniques. During the 1920's and 1930's the air refueling was only used to setting records. It wasn’t until the post-war adoption of air refueling by the United States Air Force and, in 1949, the company’s invention of probe and drogue method of contact, that its full potential was realized. Today the company has grown to produce microwave components and subsystems that now serve at the heart of radar and electronic warning systems, communications and self-defense for the world’s military aircraft, ships and military vehicles. Cobham is also involved in space programs of Europe and the United States and worldwide search and rescue.