Defence Project SEA1448 Phase 4B will replace the AN/SPS-49(V)8 Long Range Air Search Radar and its associated Integrated Friend and Foe (IFF) System with a CEA Technologies CEAFAR-2L active Phased Array Radar (L-Band) on all eight Anzac class ships for the Royal Australian Navy. In June 2019, Saab, as part of the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) Alliance comprised of the Commonwealth, Saab Australia, BAE Systems Australia and Naval Ship Management conducted CAT4 (Category 4) Combat System along-side testing at Garden Island in Western Australia to HMAS Arunta, the First-of-Class ship. In August 2019, Saab commenced further support for CAT5 (Category 5) on-board, at sea systems level test and evaluation at Fleet Base West.
Nova Systems was engaged to provide system-level Safety and Test & Evaluation (T&E) support to the WAMA (Saab) component of the SEA1448 Phase 4B program (Combat System Integration of the CEAFAR-2L). Nova provided systems and verification expertise to the First-of-Class ship T&E program, to enable the Combat System to be exercised to its fullest extent, both alongside and at-sea, under full operational conditions. The Nova team also produced ten technical Post-Test Reports detailing system performance against the specification for use in engineering sell-off of the SEA1448-4B program, and in between test events, was instrumental in raising and releasing Test Reports covering the activities.
The T&E assistance Nova provided was an important aspect in the completion of the CAT4 program on schedule and the timely start of CAT5. Nova’s T&E services have played an important part in the first-of-class verification of the CEAFAR2-L radar system in the ANZAC Class. Nova Systems is proud to continue to provide engineering support services to the WAMA (Saab) in support of these sovereign capabilities.