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Latest News From Nova Systems

Chief of RAN and Chief of RNZN visit Nova Systems at PAC

Oct 10, 2019

We were delighted to welcome Vice Admiral Michael Joseph Noonan, AO, Chief of Royal Australian Navy, and Rear Admiral David Proctor, Chief of the Royal New Zealand Navy, to our stand at PACIFIC 2019

We celebrated our long-standing partnership with the Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union (RANRU) and congratulated the men’s team for their win at the 2019 Australian Defence Force Rugby

Thankyou to the players from both the Men’s, and Women’s teams for for representing the the RAN RU – good luck with your selections for the upcoming season! We look forward to supporting you all into the future.

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ANMM Seahawk helicopter proudly sponsored by Nova Systems

Oct 4, 2019

Maritime Museum’s new decommissioned Tiger Seahawk helicopter to officially launch

Newly decommissioned Navy Seahawk helicopter Tiger 75 has just been installed at the Australian National Maritime Museum and will be officially launched on 9 October by the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Joseph Noonan, AO and sponsors Nova Systems and Lockheed Martin.

The Seahawk will be officially launched into the National Maritime Collection in conjunction with the premiere of the limited-run The Art of Navy exhibition – an intimate exhibit of original photographic works by internationally recognised Australian artist Ralph Kerle, which will be on display in the Museum’s Navy Gallery until the end of October.

“The 19.76 metre long tiger-striped Seahawk joins the Museum’s permanent collection, offering a dramatic renewal opportunity for the Navy Gallery to represent the Navy’s role in civilian rescue operations, and is bound to be a huge hit with aircraft and navy fans of all ages,” comments Kevin Sumption, Australian Maritime Museum Director.

The striking Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk is painted with Tiger stripes to reflect the 816 Squadron Crest, which depicts the head of a Bengal tiger, with the motto, ‘Imitate the Action of the Tiger’ drawn from William Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’. It was a venerable anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface surveillance and targeting and search and rescue weapons platform which served the Royal Australian Navy honourably from 1988 to 2018.

During this time, the N24-006/875 made multiple deployments to the Middle East and other international trouble spots, notes Sumption: “It was also one of two Seahawks aboard HMAS Newcastle that participated in the search and rescue operation associated with the ill-fated 1998 Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race. 2019 is the 75th anniversary of the Sydney to Hobart and that’s just one of the reasons we felt it should be on display.”

Sponsor Nova Systems, have over 450 staff across Australia including several ex-Royal Australian Navy members who remember with pride their operations, support and maintenance of Seahawk aircraft over the past 25 years. One Nova employee, Steven Hamilton was the Commanding Officer of HMAS NEWCASTLE who operated this S-70B Seahawk from her decks during the 1998/99 infamous Sydney to Hobart rescue operation.

The Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk has now replaced the S-70B-2 in RAN service and Sponsor Lockheed Martin Australia are proud the legacy lives on, hanging on display in the Museum for the public of Australia.

The Seahawk replaces the older Westland Wessex helicopter, which will be transferred to the Australian War Memorial, most importantly ensuring it remains in a national collection as an integral chapter in Australian Navy history.

The Museum is grateful to the Royal Australian Navy for adding this exciting piece of naval history into the Australian National Maritime Collection.

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(L to R) Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, Royal Australian Navy and Australian National Maritime Museum Councillor; Lee Kormany, Nova Systems, General Manager – Maritime, Land & Future Systems; Steven Robinson, Nova Systems, Chief Executive – Australia New Zealand; Scott Thompson, Lockheed Martin, Deputy Country Executive at Lockheed Martin Australia.

The installation and display of the Seahawk helicopter was proudly sponsored by Australian Company Nova Systems and Lockheed Martin Australia.

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PODCAST: Supporting Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability – Steve Robinson and Lee Kormany, Nova Systems

Oct 4, 2019


Australia’s pursuit of a continuous shipbuilding industry has been the driving force behind closer integration between defence industry primes and the nation’s wealth of SMEs. For Nova Systems’ Steve Robinson and Lee Kormany, supporting the dialogue between the two levels of defence industry is essential to guaranteeing success.

In this podcast, Steve Robinson, Nova Systems chief executive Australia and New Zealand, and Lee Kormany, general manager – maritime, land and future systems, join host Phil Tarrant to discuss delivering Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding and, more broadly, sovereign defence industry capabilities.

During this podcast, Robinson and Kormany discuss the development of Nova Systems’ local business from an SME to a large Australian defence business and the company’s role in supporting the growth, development and engagement of Australia’s robust SME sector.

Robinson and Kormany also discuss the transition from uniformed personnel to defence industry and the role of defence industry in supporting veterans as they transition their skills and experience into supporting the next generation of defence capability.

Finally, Robinson and Kormany explain the importance of building and sustaining long-term strategic relationships throughout defence industry and the ADF decision makers as a key multiplier for supporting the development of Australian SMEs and their role in developing a sustainable SME supply chain.



Find the Defence Connect Podcast here


Media Article – ‘An exciting time to be supporting the Australian Navy’: Lee Kormany, Nova Systems

Nova Systems Exhibiting at PACIFIC 2019!

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Nova systems exhibits at the SA Space Forum

Sep 27, 2019

Nova Systems will be exhibiting at this weeks South Australian 8th Space Forum.

Supported by the Australian Space Agency and SmartSat CRC, this biannual event provides the perfect opportunity to stimulate ideas, share information about emerging technologies and discuss industry trends. For the first time the event will be jointly coordinated with the National Space Society of Australia as part of the 19th Australian Space Research Conference (ASRC) from the 30th September to the 2nd October. 

 The SA Space Forum facilitates collaboration among key stakeholders in the Australian space sector and encourages growth and innovation within the space economy. The program will feature sessions on national and international space trends; space science, industry and applications; challenges and opportunities for intelligent systems in space technology; and integrated plenaries for the 19th Australian Space Research Conference 

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Nova Systems wins big at the 2019 AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE INDUSTRY AWARDS

Sep 26, 2019

Nova Systems wins at the Defence Connect 2019 Australian Defence Industry Awards.

Shortlisted for three categories, Including Defence Innovator of the Year, Nova Systems took out two awards:

  • Graduate Program of the Year
  • Graduate of the Year – Sherry Tang


Congratulations to Graduate Program Manager, Scott Rowan, and Graduate of the Year, Sherry Tang  – Very worthy recipients of these prestigious awards.

Find out more about our Graduate Program here.



With an exceptional field of 240 shortlists and over 600 submissions representing 150 companies, Nova Systems is proud to have been recognised within the breadth of experience, talent and capability from across Australia’s defence industry.

Recognising leading professionals and businesses, rather than products and platforms, the Australian Defence Industry Awards universally acknowledges all defence industry stakeholders – from our primes, SMEs, academic institutions and associations, through to high-performing individuals such as defence executives, Indigenous and female leaders, students, scientists, technicians and academics.

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners across all categories. A truly special evening.

Nova Systems Shortlisted in 2019 Australian Defence Industry Awards

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