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Joint Air to Surface Stand-Off Missile – First F18 Live Firing

Joint Air to Surface Stand-Off Missile – First F18 Live Firing

Air Combat Group (ACG) integrated the JASSM system onto the F18 Hornet to provide a long-range, stand-off precision strike capability to Australia. As the first Airforce to use the JASSM system on the F18 “Hornet” platform, significant integration challenges were faced in ensuring the capability functioned correctly with the aircraft, its mission planning systems and ground support equipment. The final stage of the acquisition required the conduct of an end-to-end Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) program, to fully exercise the new capability.

Nova Systems was engaged to develop and conduct a 5-stage OT&E campaign to fully exercise the system as each component became available. A comprehensive Measures of Effectiveness and Measures of Performance matrix was used to underpin detailed test planning, with the entire program designed to ensure the system interfaces were known and testable; and the whole result-set could be recombined to demonstrate end-to-end performance.

Nova Systems also worked to ensure that knowledge of the system capabilities were transitioned to the operational community through development of training, publications and liaison. Nova Systems’ operational experience was key in this, providing an interface between the engineering project acquiring the system, and the military operators who would ultimately own the capability. In 2011, the test team obtained the necessary approvals to conduct a live firing of two JASSM missiles at the Woomera test facility.

The Nova Systems test lead oversaw the complete successful test activity and ACG were able to declare an initial operating capability a short time later. This project highlighted the need for a single, continuous, agency to retain control of complex OT&E activities over the project lifespan; as well as the need for effective liaison between the operational and engineering communities is of paramount importance.

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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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