In 2015 the ADF decided to acquire an additional three CH47F helicopter to increase its fleet size from seven to ten helicopters. The decision was made to undertake a rapid acquisition of these new helicopters from the US Army under an FMS contract. The rapid acquisition would require the ADF to deliver, design accept and release the additional aircraft to service within 16 months whilst it was already accepting into service the existing fleet of seven CH47F helicopters. The new helicopters would need to be integrated within the Army’s CH-47F support system. There were configuration differences between the new helicopters and the existing fleet that needed to be managed.
With the CH47F System Project Office already fully engaged in delivering the existing CH47F aircraft under Project AIR9000 5C, it was determined that this additional project would put at risk project milestones for the introduction into service of the existing CH47F helicopters. Nova Systems was asked to support the Project Office with the management and project delivery of these new CH47F helicopters under Land 4502.
Nova Systems rapidly stood up a multi-disciplinary team to undertake project management and a range engineering support tasks to enable acceptance of these new helicopters. This team operated within the existing CH47F Project Office and was responsible for the key activities to achieve service release for these new CH47Fs. This project required interface with a wide range of project stakeholders including specialist units within Army HQ and FORCOMD. Nova Systems provided access to specialist CH47F engineering expertise and resourced a range of diverse Nova SMEs to achieve this task whilst managing changing priorities, workloads and a range of risks on behalf of the Project Office. The result was the successful realisation of additional CH47F capability with the service release of these new helicopters in the time required.