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Enhanced tactical UHF communications

Enhanced tactical UHF communications

JP2008 Phase 5A is a project to provide enhanced tactical UHF communications services to the ADF. This project includes acquisition of a hosted UHF payload on a commercial satellite IS-22 located over the Indian Ocean Region as well as upgrades to the SATCOM ground segment to control the way in which deployed ADF users gain access to the UHF channels.

Due to the complex nature of the upgrades for the UHF SATCOM ground segment as well as integration of the capability within Defence’s Operating environment, there has been a number of factors in the program that have impacted the delivery date for the introduction into Service of UHF SATCOM capability. As a recognition of Nova Systems SATCOM core strength in working in complex engineering environments, Nova has been engaged by the ADF to play an increasing role in the delivery of this high priority program to Defence.


Originally, Nova Systems SATCOM only supported the In Orbit Test campaign of the IS-22 Hosted UHF Payload as well as hardware and software upgrades of the ground segment. The Nova Systems SATCOM team has now grown to take on added roles and responsibilities under the JP2008 Phase 5A program to ensure successful delivery of this program. The work conducted by Nova Systems SATCOM under JP2008 Phase 5A now encompasses the broad range of the systems engineering lifecycle ranging from requirements definition and system specifications through to the development and conduct of AV&V test plans and procedures. The Nova Systems SATCOM team working on JP2008 Phase 5A is required to span a number of multidisciplinary roles ranging from engineering, security, safety and logistics.  The range of roles and responsibilities empowered by Nova on this program requires the engagement of key Nova Systems SATCOM subject matter experts working closely with each other as part of a fully integrated team to ensure the ultimate delivery and success of the program.

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Nick Pengelly

General Manager – Communications, Information & Space

Nick is responsible for the Communications, Information and Space Business Unit which comprises a number of Nova’s key ...

Nick is responsible for the Communications, Information and Space Business Unit which comprises a number of Nova’s key programs growing proficiency to support the delivery of specialised services and product in the areas of information, cyber security and communications which encompasses Nova’s strong Satellite Communications and Space business. Nick joined Nova Systems in 2008 where he was chartered to grow Nova’s Satellite Communications business on the back of Nova’s purchase of Auspace from Astrium in late 2007.

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