Signia Aerospace is an innovator and leader in designing and manufacturing the equipment used to perform a variety of critical rotorcraft external load mission profiles, as well as maritime rescue and survival gear.

Mission equipment
Signia Aerospace provides external load mission solutions for the rotorcraft industry through the Onboard Systems International brand, and helicopter and maritime rescue equipment through the Lifesaving Systems brand.

We’ve engineered mission critical equipment suitable for use on land or at sea, in every climate across the globe, from frozen fjords to sand-swept deserts to salt-laden coastal zones. Our mission-specific solutions facilitate firefighting, search and rescue, construction, military equipment transport, and critical infrastructure maintenance operations.

Our passion for quality, safety, and superior performance, coupled with responsive customer support and service, has made our brands of mission equipment the preferred choice among pilots, military boat crews and aviators, maintenance directors, ground crews, and purchasing agents worldwide. 


Onboard Systems is the leading global provider of external cargo handling equipment for civil and military rotorcraft. Onboard’s portfolio of innovative, holistic cargo hook systems, human external cargo (HEC) systems, Onboard Weighing Systems and mission-specific remote equipment is factory-installed on over 30 helicopter models serving both OEM and aftermarket customers. Its lightweight, high-quality products provide operators with increased safety and cost efficiencies through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and flexible maintenance options.


Lifesaving Systems is an innovator and leader in the world of maritime rescue and survival equipment. For over 40 years, Lifesaving Systems designs and manufactures the equipment that helicopter and maritime rescue teams use to save lives in some of the harshest environments on earth. From rescue hooks and personnel harnesses, to titanium ladders and rescue litters, and to the strobe lights used to signal for help and the rescue strops that pull people to safety, Lifesaving Systems makes the gear rescuers need to stay alive while saving others. 


Partners with Leading Aerospace Manufacturers
and Search and Rescue Organizations

As a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hooks and external load equipment, Onboard has partnered with helicopter manufacturers and aircraft completion centers around the world. Lifesaving Systems serves global Search & Rescue (SAR) responders within the Aviation and Marine sectors, including all branches of the US Military, foreign militaries, police and fire departments, international and domestic civilian helicopter operators, and rescue agencies.