With an aging Chinook fleet the ADF decided to supplement its Chinook fleet with “New” CH-47D aircraft in October 2011. Consequently, the first of two Chinooks were procured from the US Army; but due to configuration differences between the US and ADF CH-47D aircraft, a significant amount of modification work was required prior to release for service.
The scope of the Modification Program was immense, with 25 existing and 5 new ADF modifications being incorporated; and 16 US modifications being removed in unison. The schedule was very aggressive and all of the modification work was required to be incorporated, successfully tested and accepted prior to the end of July 2012.
Nova Systems responded to the aggressive schedule and provided expertise in avionics and structural engineering, operational airworthiness, test & evaluation, training package development and delivery, publications development, and project management. Nova Systems understood the requirements of the ADF and Army Aviation, and together with the Defence Materiel Organisation was able to bring the “New” CH-47D aircraft into service.
Nova Systems was a significant contributor to this project, and was specifically recognized by BRIG Andrew Mathewson (Director General, Army Aviation Systems) at the A15-151 Handover ceremony. This combined Defence and industry team demonstrated that excellent outcomes for the warfighters can be achieved on time and within budget through the effective use of a fixed priced, outcomes based contract.