We are Europe’s leading multisector provider of

test solutions.

We design, manufacture, service and repair electronic test equipment for the entire life cycle of critical applications for the Military, Aerospace, Space and other civil markets. A recognised systems integrator, we combine third party diagnostic equipment and software systems with our own product development to provide a fully-optimised one-stop solution.

Our involvement in the systems we provide doesn’t stop at delivery. The long-term support we provide, whether through maintenance and service contracts, upgrades, and obsolescence management is what sets us aside.

Industries

Defence

Optimising test strategies and providing bespoke test solutions is what makes us tick. Our long-standing presence in this sector brings a deep understanding of defence-based challenges, enabling us to provide you with solutions which offer the right balance of technical, security and commercial considerations.

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Industries

Aerospace

We provide you with the equipment that you need to test your products. Our expertise in testing covers each stage of the engineering and platform lifecycle, from the definition of requirements and the system architecture to the production of hardware and software components and on to a full aftermarket testing support solution.

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Industries

Space

With a pedigree in the development of EGSEs for Europe's primes and OEMs, combined with our growing reputation amongst the UK's leading space universities, we develop ever more complex cutting-edge test solutions for the latest military, scientific and commercial satellite platforms.

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Industries

Rail

We design innovative generic and modular testing solutions to support manufacturers, equipment suppliers, integrators and rail operators worldwide.

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4,500+

ATE deployed worldwide

15,000+

Test projects delivered worldwide

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Because engineering requires excellence

About us

We are a Franco-British high-technology Test Solutions business with more than 70 years pedigree.

We take pride in being the fastest-growing specialist test consultancy in the UK, offering independent advice to industry leaders for the implementation of modern and cost-efficient winning test strategies regardless of their make-or-buy policy in test.

A global company and the clear leader in Europe, Spherea Group has already successfully delivered more than 4,500 ATEs (Automatic Test Equipment) and 15,000 projects whether as part of Airbus Group or now as an independent business.

Borne out of a merger between Racal Instruments UK (1950) and part of the test department of Airbus in Toulouse (1965), we are proud of our long-standing international legacy that has been built through the ages.

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Solutions

Modular Test Systems

Test Strategy Consultancy

Complex Test Programmes Management

Legacy System Solutions

Engineering Services

Products

Innovation

Test systems come in all shapes and sizes, from simple test boxes and harnesses to highly-complex, multi-bay test racks. Although there will always be cases where a bespoke solution is required, wherever possible we take a modular approach based on industry-standard PXI architecture which meets the currently identified need whilst allowing for expansion further down the road.

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A suite of services ranges from providing specialist advice to government and industry leaders on test standards in the military domain to performing full audits of your existing test capability and recommending new approaches based on best practice, performance requirements and budget constraints.

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Test system development, especially when it is run alongside product development, brings several layers of complexity to the process. Whilst there is no silver bullet to counter all issues and not all outcomes can be predicted, our dedicated programme management division brings an adaptive and flexible approach to address the complexities, uncertainties and challenges surrounding each project.

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We know how to bring new life to old systems without compromising on compliance and ensure that commercial sensitivities are managed through a careful balance of value for money and technical assurance. Our in-house suite of tools can be easily adapted to your legacy test system to allow for seamless integration of new hardware without compromising the functionality of the legacy system.

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From fixture design and software development to qualification and production testing, our team of engineers can work with you to develop, update, support and use your test means. We leverage our group’s global footprint and industry-specific knowledge to provide you with a full suite of test engineering expertise whether remotely from our engineering centre of excellence or embedded into your team.

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From the engineering development phase, where our U-test system simulation tool creates a digital twin, to production, where our Dyna test bench provides qualification and production testing for multiple LRUs and to our signature ATEC system which supports a huge range of product lines, we have the right product line for your needs. Alongside these lie a range of value add options such as our electrical harness testing solution (WIZE®) and a full suite of RF products.

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From our first fully analogue ATEs which used early transistors & Fortran programming, to the introduction of the first PC, floppy disks, Ethernet, VXI, PCI, PXI, PXIe and on to modern ultra high speed ATE building on Hardware in the Loop & System integration benches, we have been there every step of the way. Our well-funded R&D programme ensures we will remain at the forefront of innovation and development.

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Products Engineering Services Legacy System Solutions Complex Test Programmes Management Test Strategy Consultancy Modular Test Systems Innovation

>96%

On time delivery

>99%

On quality delivery

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Our team

Our people are our biggest assets. Many engineers have been with our business for more than 20 years, bringing a level of test systems expertise and, in particular, a knowledge of legacy test systems which cannot be found in any other independent organisation. They offer immense experience, enthusiasm and passion for engineering and delight in resolving our customers' challenges whatever their complexity. We actively encourage them to continuously develop their practical and academic skills as we acknowledge this leads to greater personal fulfilment and resultant customer satisfaction.

This longevity of service is further borne out in our exceptionally low employee turnover (<3%) which leads to customers coming back to us time and again, resulting in a 100% customer retention rate over the last 5 years. We can safely say that we are on the right track.

We have entered a period of sustained growth and are seeking enthusiastic and creative people to grow our capability. Find out more about our open positions.

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“The whole team in Spherea UK, from Sales to R&D, is fully-focused on delivering on time, to cost and to specification. Consistently one of Europe’s top 3 defence markets and with a vibrant commercial aerospace industry, the United Kingdom is a cornerstone of Spherea Group’s development. We and our customers are proud of our UK team’s success!”

Yves Baumgartner, Spherea Group COO

Latest News

Thank you for coming

We thank all our visitors at Farnborough Airshow 2022 for the quality of our discussions and your high level of interest in our company and in what we do.


We are looking forward to the next show at Farnborough already.

GOLD awarded by EcoVadis

We are proud to have been awarded GOLD for our Sustainability Rating placing us in the top 5% of the 80,000 companies EcoVadis has assessed so far.


It means a lot to us as it acknowledges that we can be a successful and growing company whilst being sustainable. Business success should not be achieved to the detriment of the environment and we are proud to have been able to demonstrate this!