Cobham has announced that it has successfully modified its existing hardware used for oxygen systems in military aircraft to create an air pressure regulator, which can be used within a ventilator system to precisely control the flow of oxygen to the patient.

“This regulator has been designed to the working specifications defined by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for the NHS. Cobham is working with a UK-based consortium and, subject to regulatory approval, has the capacity to the manufacture up to 1,000 units of the air pressure regulator per day.Cobham’s support of the Ventilator Challenge is part of the company’s broader commitment to supporting the global fight against COVID-19, which includes leveraging its space pedigree in Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) to analyse the genomic sequence of the virus that causes COVID-19, to enable further insights into how COVID-19 is transmitted and evolves.”Commenting on Cobham’s work on the Ventilator Challenge Shonnel Malani, Chairman of Cobham Limited, said:

“In this time of unprecedented global crisis, Cobham recognizes our responsibility to help in any way we can in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  Cobham’s strength is our engineering and R&D which has served us well in aerospace and defence for decades.

It is only natural and our duty to apply these same capabilities in our defence against this virus. I am incredibly proud of the men and women of Cobham who have worked selflessly and tirelessly these past weeks to be able to offer this solution.”

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What does ‘national defence’ mean in a pandemic? It’s no time to buy fighter jets

Ian M

That article is so far to the left it’s a surprise he didn’t meet himself coming back!


he sounds like a right buffoon..


It’s the Guardian – expect nothing else.

Daniele Mandelli

Guardian. I refuse to even look at it. These articles are all the same and i have ead the like before.

Not needed, cut, no need for fighter jets. GCHQ are criminals. Little Britain. Regurgitate as and when.

Meanwhile, all other nations have their armed forces, and their fighter jets, and their subs, and their spies, and all the rest.


I guess it shouldn’t have but that article really shocked me even from the Guardian. It was about as enlightened as a typical 16 year olds GCSE essay so much so that it read as a spoof. It reminded me of the priest in the original War of the Worlds who waving a white flag goes up to the killer alien machines shouting how he comes in peace only to be inevitably zapped by its killer laser beam. The naivity is beyond comprehension.

Harry Bulpit

“a jackhammer to a watch maker” yeah doesn’t mean you wouldn’t expect a construction firm to poss a jackhammer. There’s a reason the NHS get venterlators and the RAF F35. Because they do two distinct roles, and as such neeed different tools. In 18 months time the pandemic will be history. But Britain will still need the ability to fight.

Gavin Gordon

As soon as you see it’s the Grauniad, forget it!


The one thing that always gets me about people with these type of opinions is that they are totally missing the point. do they have insurance for their house? military spending is the same concept. You don’t know when/if you will need it but if you do it better be good. Its also worth pointing out that dictators and such like press freedom of speech first and take people like this out into forests and kill them. Our military have helped stop this on numerous occasions, the times in our history when we have not invested in our military and… Read more »


Might be the time to slip in an order for a hundred or so f35s. Media is so focused on covid no one will notice til it’s too late


Hello Harold! Ah I see the required subject matter knowledge has escaped you once again. As for the article, good god what a total load of tosh, but expected from that sad, self effacing load of shit role called the Guardian.

700 Glengarried Men

This in my opinion is a great example of a majority defence industry company using cutting edge technology to assist in time of crisis, well done to all concerned.
Re the guardian still read by sandalistas who would never dream of defending the country and would send someone else’s sons and daughters to war with bolt action rifles and biplanes if they could get away with it

Mr Bell

Vital component the oxygen blender. That’s going to prove useful. I’m very impressed that so many manufacturers are able to adapt their products for medical use.


the gardian, lower case intentional, is a mouthpiece of the party of hate. Clicking on a link gives it advertising revenue.