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Protected Mobility Vehicle-Light (PMV-L) Capability Development Support

Protected Mobility Vehicle-Light (PMV-L) Capability Development Support

The Australian Army is in the process of acquiring a new Protected Mobility Vehicle-Light (PMV-L) Capability. The PMV-L provides a vehicle that offers superior protections for the occupants while still providing an outstanding level of mobility for a helicopter transportable vehicle.

The Australian Army has gone through an extensive evaluation process and the Hawkei vehicle offered by Thales Australia was selected over a number of competing vehicles. Under the current stage of the project the Hawkei vehicle will be further developed and subject to a rigorous Test and Evaluation program. Nova Systems is contracted by Thales Australia to design and assist with the T&E program to be conducted by the Australian Army.

Nova Systems has assembled an outstanding team of T&E professionals to deliver the program. This team has worked with both the design engineers from Thales Australia and the customer representatives from the Australian Army to design a T&E program that will ensure that the Hawkei vehicle is thoroughly assessed across the full range of the contracted specification. A major development project for a new vehicle requires a wide range of specialist from the manufacturer, suppliers and the customer all working in a highly cooperative environment with a very clear and common goal.

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Bret Barton

Chief Executive - Asia Pacific

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group ...

As the Chief Executive Nova Systems Asia-Pacific, Bret runs a division of Nova Group which amalgamates our newer client sectors and locations with both established engineering professional services and emerging global technologies.

Bret is responsible for the growth and governance of a portfolio of progressive businesses and programs which include our:

  • Nova Singapore Business (Commercial and Defence services);
  • Nova New Zealand Business (Commercial and Defence services);
  • Australian Transport Program (rail and infrastructure, autonomous vehicles and ports); and
  • Australian Energy and Resources Program (oil, gas, mining, power, water and utilities).

Bret is a member of Nova’s Executive Leadership Team and has been a Manager within Nova for 12 years. Bret served 20 years in the Canadian Air Force and supported major test programs for the Canadian, United States and Australian Air Forces.

Bret holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Aeronautical Engineering and is an Engineering Executive with the Institute of Engineers Australia.

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Ian Lawrence

Program Manager - Land & Emergency Services

Based in Canberra, Ian is responsible for the Nova Systems Land, Explosives Ordnance and Emergency Services Program. ...

Based in Canberra, Ian is responsible for the Nova Systems Land, Explosives Ordnance and Emergency Services Program. The program is responsible for client relationships, capture management and service delivery. Ian began his employment at Nova Systems as a Senior Systems Engineer Consultant in 2012 working predominantly in the Land domain. Ian took over the role of Program Manager mid-2012. Prior to this Ian served with both the Australian and British Armies completing over 25 years as a Communications Engineering Officer.

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Nick Kemp

Group Chief Strategy & Capability

Reporting to the Group CEO, Nick is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible ...

Reporting to the Group CEO, Nick is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Strategy, Capability and Marketing functions.  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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