Air forces throughout the world use Lightfoot integrated servicing systems for the recovery and re-charge of aircraft and ground support equipment. Capable of a full service cycle from one machine; recovery, pressure test, vacuum and re-charge. These units are designed with the military in mind. They are robust, air transportable, mobile and suitable for use in high ambient temperatures.

In fact all systems that we provide are specifically designed to operate under arduous circumstances in a variety of climatic conditions with high operational reliability. The designs also reflect the often limited time frame for servicing, noise and weight limits.

We are the current supplier of Eurofighter DASS refrigerant servicing equipment and the Apache Mk1 and 4 holistic refrigerant servicing systems.

Aerospace Services

  • Design, manufacturere and suply of a wide range of custom built refrigeration aerospace ground support equipment

  • Modification and ugrade of legacy ground support equipment

  • R & D, full climate chamber facility and autocad/3D modelling


Bespoke Refrigeration Engineering

  • Worldwide military (Air) refrigeration and air conditioning system design and manufacture.

  • Total refurbishment and upgrading of Lightfoot refrigeration equipment and compressors

  • Design and build of refrigeration equipment and air conditioning to meet customers’ individual requirements.

  • Complete range of vehicle refrigeration maintenance equipment for most refrigerants.

Total service solution

  • A comprehensive spares facility for all models of Lightfoot equipment.

  • Maintenance and service support to Air Forces products and installations through Lightfoot’s service division.

  • Technical consultancy and development

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130+ years of excellence

Learn more about our history of Quality, Innovation and Design.

Aerospace Products

  • Aircraft/helicopter refrigeration servicing equipment (includes recovery, pressure test, vacuum dehydration, charge, oil measurement/replenish and system diagnostics)
  • DASS servicing units
  • Maintenance kits
  • System flush and direct cooling systems
  • Bespoke refrigerant hose manufacture



The Lightfoot Integrated DASS Service Station (LIDSS) are built to the highest standards with all stainless steel internal piping. It enables operators and maintainers to undertake recovery, pressure test (multiple mediums), vacuum dehydration and fill activities all in compliance with FGAS regulations.

Extensively tested in our in house climate chamber and on aircraft at varying ambient temperatures.


Automatic Reclaim unit (ARU)

A stand alone ‘turn-key’ solution for the reclaim of contaminated R245fa ECR grade to a virgin standard, designed and manufactured to CE standard.

  • Operated from an HMI touchscreen that provides an ‘ease of operation’ for simple and safe operation.

  • Incorporates a complete refrigerant test facility, including GC to analyse and confirm purity standard of processed refrigerant.
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Aerospace refrigeration solution experts

Our team of niche specialists provide bespoke products and services to the aerospace industry.

Aerospace Workshop Facilities

Refrigeration research and development (R&D) capability

Fully equipped production line

Climate control testing facilities

AutoCAD facilities

Aerospace Refrigeration Engineering Capabilities

Design, Build & Manufacture of bespoke refrigeration Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE)

Modification & upgrade of existing AGE

Technical consulting and development of Aerospace ground equipment

Manufacture of bespoke refrigeration hoses

Refrigerant reclamation / recycling of R245fa
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Aerospace Case Studies

Build & Delivery of 27 LIDSS units to the UK Ministry of Defence

The UK Ministry of Defence required a new machine to replace an interim solution that had been in service for 15 years which was no longer fit for purpose. The design requirements of the machine meant it had to be capable of recovering, replenishing, vacuum dehydrating, and pressure testing the DASS system on their Typhoon aircraft.

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