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EADS TEST & SERVICES leads the world in avionics test systems for the civil and defence markets. Already present worldwide with their civil and military test equipment, EADS TEST & SERVICES have consolidated their development strategy on the international stage with locations in France, Germany, Spain, the UK, the United States, Middle East and India, as well as a global distribution network.

EADS Test & Services (UK) is located on the south coast at Ferndown in Dorset, approximately 90 minutes driving time south west of London. The facility houses a comprehensive Design, Development, Manufacturing and Customer Support capability, together with the supporting Marketing, Sales and Administration functions, with a total workforce of approximately 100 people.

The primary focus id to provide comprehensive test solutions to the Defence, Aerospace and Aviation sectors. This ranges from test and measurement instrumentation, through man-portable, in-field/depot test systems to turn-key systems and integrated deployed support solutions.

EADS Test & Services (UK) has a long established reputation for:

  • providing customised military standard deployed test solutions

  • providing exemplary long term Customer Support & Through-Life Management

  • pioneering innovative solutions for the management of obsolescence in legacy test systems

  • being at the forefront of the development of international open standards for the test industry

EADS TEST ENGINEERING is based in Codicote, near Stevenage, approximately 30 minutes driving time north of London. The facility houses approximately seven staff offering Development, Customer support and Training facilities. The focus of the business is:

  • The provision of test engineering services.

  • Distribution of system software and testablilty analysis products (including PAWS®, eXpress™) into the UK market.


The EADS TEST & SERVICES product range covers the entire life cycle of equipment and systems and includes comprehensive solutions that rely on test services and systems.

The solutions are either integrated or sold as stand-alone elements: instrumentation, system software and application software.

  • Broad Product and Service Offering

  • Compatibility Across the Entire Range

  • Open System Architecture

  • Multi-Purpose and Interoperable Test Solutions

  • Supporting European Military Programmes

  • General Purpose Electro-optic Test Benches


Over the last five years, EADS TEST & SERVICES has been conducting an aggressive strategy to extend their range of test systems and services.

Development and production phases

In the development and production phases this translates into new integration benches and new production test systems specially designed for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), a coherent set of test requirement analysis and test development software tools plus the accompanying test engineering services.

Maintenance phase

EADS TEST & SERVICES already has a strong reputation and proven track record in maintenance testing. In addition to on-site maintenance and operations related activities, they now propose services that extend system life by forecasting and dealing with obsolescence.


The EADS TEST & SERVICES product range has been extended, while maintaining compatibility between the various test systems. Re-using test programme elements at the development, production and maintenance phases reduces programming times and yields optimum return on investment. Furthermore, the tester software environment remains the same at all stages. These advantages make EADS TEST & SERVICES test solutions quite unique on today’s market.


Another feature specific to EADS TEST & SERVICES test systems is their open software architecture. This enables seamless integration of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) programmes and re-use of all or part of the test programmes already developed with other software.

This generates savings in porting test programmes originally developed by Equipment and System Manufacturers using proprietary test systems that have become obsolete.


The sheer versatility of EADS TEST & SERVICES systems means they can test a multitude of equipment and systems. Thus, the same airline can use a single model test bench for maintaining both its Airbus and Boeing fleets, while the French Army uses the same test system for numerous weapon systems.

Beyond this technical versatility, EADS TEST & SERVICES testers offer interoperability between different armed forces: for example, the SESAR 3000 in service with the French Army is interoperable with its German version, RACE, intended for the German market. It can test the same equipment and generate precisely the same results.


Because of their interoperability, EADS TEST & SERVICES testers are particularly well adapted to current and future European military programmes, such as the NH90 helicopter, the ASTER missile or the A400M transport aircraft

NH90 Helicopter

Aster Missile

A400M Transport Aircraft

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EADS TEST & SERVICES testers are the ideal test solution for significantly reducing development investment by sharing the costs among the different countries involved.


Electro-optic equipment units integrated into civil and military systems are increasing and are getting more and more sophisticated. To back up this trend, EADS TEST & SERVICES delivers to System, Equipment Manufacturers and End Users the means to ensure the development, production and long term support of their electro-optic systems and equipment.

By achieving an industry-wide reputation in the electro-optic testing field, particularly with their test benches, EADS TEST & SERVICES is capable of offering multi-purpose, high performing and durable test solutions available for all kinds of environments (workshop, shelter or aircraft carrier).

The Company's electro-optic test benches cover all test and adjustment requirements of existing and future equipment integrating such technology. These have been selected to support electro-optic weapon systems for a number of armed forces and support systems such as Rafale, Leclerc tank, Tiger helicopter, VABOBS armoured carrier, MIRABEL thermal sight and SOPHIE thermal binoculars/video camera.


EADS TEST & SERVICES operates a Quality Management System which is accredited against the following:

EN9100 For commercialisation, engineering, design, production, repair and support of test systems, test integration means, test programme sets, intended for integration, production and maintenance of electronic and electro-optic equipment for civil or military systems.

ISO 9001:2000 For commercialisation, design, production, repair and long-term support of electronic systems and subassemblies.

The TickIT Guide Issue 5 For Software Production and System Software development in relation to their product range.

AQAP 2110 For commercialisation, engineering, design, repair and after-sales support of test systems, test integration means, test programme sets, intended for integration, production and maintenance of electronic and electro-optic equipment for defence systems.

29 - 31 Cobham Road
Ferndown Industrial Estate
BH21 7PF

Tel: +44 (0)1202 872800

Fax: +44 (0)1202 870810



Contact: Elaine Davey (Marketing Communications)

Products/Services :

  • 4 x 4 Vehicles
  • Air Defence
  • Aircraft Maintenance and Spares
  • Aircraft Systems and Equipment
  • Armoured Vehicles and Support Equipment
  • Avionics
  • Battlefield Surveillance Systems and Equipment
  • Bespoke Electronics
  • Container Based Systems
  • Container Loading
  • Containerisation
  • Control and Instrumentation
  • Electrical Equipment and Power Supply
  • Electrical Test Equipment
  • Equipment Evaluation
  • Helicopters
  • Jet Engine Test
  • Jet Engines
  • Military Shelters
  • Military Vehicles
  • Mobile Ground Stations
  • Naval Vessels Support Equipment
  • Obsolescence Management
  • Optronics
  • Radio Communication Systems
  • Shelters
  • Systems Integration
  • Tanks
  • Torpedoes

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