GOLDIE is a hand-held Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detector developed outside of Australia. To minimise incidents and casualties to ADF personnel caused by IEDs, Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) and the Counter IED Task Force (CIEF TF) wished to trial the detector under Australian conditions and to assess its suitability for use in Australia’s operational areas. Nova Systems was engaged to manage and conduct an evaluation of the detector under operational conditions, to assess its effectiveness in detecting IEDs; and to inform a decision to procure a number of detectors for Army use.
In preparation for the evaluation and potential procurement, Nova Systems prepared logistics support documentation (operating manuals, training materials and security instructions) and a trials plan. The trials plan was to be executed by a team at the Multi-National Base Tarrin Kot in Afghanistan; and as many operational areas outside of MNBTK as possible in the limited time available. The trials team was able to successfully execute the trials plan and demonstrate the effectiveness of the detector in theatre.
Nova Systems evaluated the trials data and prepared a trials report which was distributed to HQJOC and CIED TF. Based on the report, HQJOC requested funding to procure a large number of the GOLDIE detectors and Nova Systems’ involvement in the program received critical acclaim from defence organisations. The scope of Nova Systems’ involvement in the project changed significantly during the contract, from preparing ILS documentation to conducting the operational evaluation. The CoA recognised Nova Systems’ resource flexibility during the contract and stated that this flexibility was one of the contributors to the overall project success.