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Autonomous Warrior (AW) 18

Autonomous Warrior (AW) 18

Autonomous Warrior (AW) 18 was a world class event delivering the largest autonomous systems demonstration to date by western allies. Held at HMAS Creswell in the surrounding bay and airfield during 5-23rd November 2018, the event was a joint initiative led by DST Group and supported by the Royal Australian Navy.

The event sought to enhance, demonstrate and evaluate the military utility of autonomous systems for future littoral operations. AW18 featured a military component and a series of scientific trials involving robotic and autonomous systems, as well as industry exhibitions and a VIP and Media program. The culminating event was the Autonomy Strategic Challenge.

Nova Systems was engaged to provide AW18 with Project Management and Engineering support to the Industry Dynamic Exhibition (IDE) portion of the event. Due to the challenging nature of the event, Nova was further engaged to expand their scope of work to include support to priority AW18 tasking and full management of the IDE. Nova provided engineering, data processing, project management, trials support, risk and safety assessments and industry and VIP liaison duties over the course of the event. Additional support was also provided by Nova subject matter experts to develop a UAS Safety Case for the Navy Regulatory Working Group.

Nova supported and guided DST and Navy through the planning, preparation and conduct phases to ensure AW18 was delivered to schedule and achieved objectives. AW18 was safely executed on time and within budget and led to the successful conclusion of the Autonomous Strategic Challenge. AW18 was highly successful in all respects for both the scientific trials and meeting the Industry objectives.

Key People

Steven Robinson

Chief Executive - Australia New Zealand

Steven Robinson was appointed as Chief Executive for Nova Systems Australia New Zealand in January 2018 following his role as Group Chief of Strategy & Marketing. ...

Steven Robinson was appointed as Chief Executive for Nova Systems Australia New Zealand in January 2018 following his role as Group Chief of Strategy & Marketing. In his current role Steve is responsible for leading and developing the Nova Systems Australia business as a professional solutions provider enabling technologies to solve the problems that really matter for our clients and industry partners.

As an Australian owned and operated business, Steve and his team are proud to grow sovereign capabilities that deliver tangible outcomes to the most complex of problems in the Air, Land, Sea, Joint and Space domains whilst remaining true to the Group’s core values of Trust, Professionalism, Passion and Community.

Steve joined the Nova Group in 2009 and has over 25 years’ experience within Australian Defence and the Defence Industry. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Aeronautical), a Master’s in Business Administration (Technology Management), and is a graduate of the INSEAD Advanced Management Programme.

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Lee Kormany

General Manager - Maritime, Land & Future Systems

Lee is responsible for the development and management of the Maritime Program. Lee has over 20 years’ experience in the Royal Australian Navy....

Lee is responsible for the development and management of the Maritime Program. Lee has over 20 years’ experience in the Royal Australian Navy. She has provided specialist support CASG with Major Maritime Acquisitions and is an acknowledged expert in Naval Combat Systems.

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Claude Daniel

Program Manager - Future Systems

Claude is responsible for building the Future System’s program which encompasses activities that support Defence with Concept to Feasibility phases of the Capability Life Cycle. ...

Claude is responsible for building the Future System’s program which encompasses activities that support the Concept to Feasibility phases of the Capability Life Cycle, and Business Support within Defence. Claude has 29 years’ experience in the Australian Air Force, Industry and acquisition environments in the areas of project and engineering management, test and evaluation, and training.

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