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Airborne Early Warning and Control Initial Operational Test and Evaluation

Airborne Early Warning and Control Initial Operational Test and Evaluation

The first Australian E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft began operations in 2010. The AEW&C aircraft represented an entirely new capability for the ADF, providing a platform that would control the tactical battle space, providing direction for fighter aircrafts, surface combatants and land based elements; as well as supporting aircrafts such as tankers and intelligence platforms. On completion of the acquisition phase, the ADF sought to assess the capability offered by this complex system through the conduct of an Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) program.

Nova Systems were engaged by the Air Force to provide a ‘turn key’ OT&E solution; which involved teams of Nova Systems specialists being responsible for the planning, management, conduct and reporting of this program. Over a 2 year period, Nova Systems helped the ADF develop a capability assessment concept for the AEW&C, wrote and executed detailed test plans and provided the ADF with an accurate assessment of the capability offered by the AEW&C. This work was instrumental in the ADF being able to achieve a declaration of Initial Operating Capability for the AEW&C in December 2012.

The relationship that Nova Systems developed with the Air Force underpinned the two most important aspects of the successful AEW&C OT&E program. Firstly, it enabled the development of a unique schedule risk mitigation methodology that guaranteed the Air Force ongoing value for money without an upfront cost of that risk. Secondly, it enabled Nova Systems’ teams of Test and Evaluation specialists to provide an extremely detailed capability assessment achieved through very high levels of integration with the AEW&C mission crews.

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Jeff Perry

General Manager – Aerospace & Surveillance

Jeff is responsible for finding interesting and challenging work for our team ...

Jeff is responsible for finding interesting and challenging work for our team and excellence in service delivery within Nova’s Fixed Wing, Rotary Wing and Surveillance Systems domains. Jeff has over 25 years of Defence and Aerospace experience with extensive experience in complex systems of systems projects.

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Rodrigo Osorio

Program Manager - Fixed Wing

Rod is an experienced Engineering Manager, Senior Systems and Certification Engineer with over 18...

Rod is an experienced Engineering Manager, Senior Systems and Certification Engineer with over 18 years of experience in the procurement, integration and management of complex and safety critical aerospace systems. Rodrigo has worked on several major  acquisition projects for the Australian Department of Defence and has been managing the Nova Aerospace business for over 3 years.

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Nick Kemp

Chief Capability Officer

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising...

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising staff competencies, Intellectual Property, innovation and training. In this capacity, Nick works across the Australia and New Zealand business and is responsible for implementing Nova’s global capability framework.  Nick is an accomplished business leader with over 30 years’ experience across the defence, rail, utilities, medical device and civil aerospace sectors.

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