Wednesday, 14 August 2019

SyntheSys’ Multi-Link Test Facility (MLTF) Continues to Add Value to United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD)

Testing the integration of Tactical Data Links (TDL) within military platforms and testing the TDL effectiveness between international coalition forces is no mean feat.  TDL test initiatives come with a high level of complexity and require precision, planning and execution to meet test objectives.  SyntheSys has delivered MLTF services to the UK MOD for the past 9 years to meet the needs of the UK national and international test and trials programmes.  The MLTF complements live trials by providing a realistic, repeatable, simulation-based environment at fixed locations, prior to more expensive, but still necessary, real-world live platform testing, to verify and validate that platforms conform to UK Interoperability policies.  MLTF is also a proven enabler in the MOD drive to increase the use of synthetic training, building on real-world scenarios, all designed to enhance operators’ performance.  MLTF also provides an unrivalled simulation-based training solution, built on real-world scenarios, to enhance engineers’ performance.

We are thrilled to announce the continued support of the MLTF contract, for a further two years.  The contract extension brings further platforms into scope, including the new Queen Elizabeth Carrier, and we are delighted to be providing an Over-the-Air capability which allows transmission using real Link 11 and Link 16 networks.

We continue to deliver an integrated end-to-end service which includes the delivery of Subject Matter Expert (SME) consultancy services, technical meeting support, test equipment maintenance and, more importantly, unrivalled test and federated training initiative support to our UK armed forces.

Mark Hudspeth, SyntheSys’ Programme Director and MLTF Project Manager comments:

‘We are seeing the requirement for sophisticated, simulation-based TDL testing solutions grow, and the UK MOD continues to reap the numerous benefits of employing a flexible, cost-effective service which delivers value for money for the UK armed forces.  For us, our knowledge and experience in this space is becoming more diverse and richer as we respond and adapt to customer requirements, which continues to maintain our position as market leaders in the simulation-based TDL testing arena.  We are also excited to see how the existing MLTF capability can be easily adapted to support the ever-increasing need (and benefit) of synthetic training.’

For further information about MLTF, read the datasheet:

Monday, 29 July 2019

Issue 3 of OptimiSE Magazine Available Now – Systems Engineering for the Rail Industry

We are thrilled to publish Issue 3 of OptimiSE Magazine, which aims to share best practices, insights and successes from the Rail Industry, which we are positive will be beneficial to wider industries.

Don’t work in Rail? This magazine is still for you!

The customer successes we have seen in our Systems Engineering business come, in some part, from the fact that we have worked with a range of different organisations across varied industries giving us unique insight and expertise which we then feed back into customer projects.

During the first half of 2019 we saw an increased demand for our services within the Rail Industry – we have been helping high profile players implement tools and practices to manage, implement and accelerate huge infrastructure projects.

We hope this Rail-themed issue makes for an informative, thought-provoking read.

In this issue:

  • Transport for London (TfL): Managing Complexity in Major Rail Projects (page 6)
  • Guest Article: Progressive Assurance for the Rail Industry (page 8)
  • The Case for Systems Engineering: Improved Competitiveness through Collaborative Engineering Management (page 10)

You can read the online magazine by visiting: or if you would like a free hard copy of the magazine please contact:

Thursday, 25 July 2019

2020 Systems Engineering Training Course Dates Published

SyntheSys is pleased to publish the 2020 Systems Engineering training schedule, which we are now taking bookings for.

Our Systems Engineering Foundation training informs on the principles and practices of systems engineering, and provides an introduction and overview of the processes required for successful systems engineering project delivery.  We are pleased to announce United Kingdom (UK) 2020 Systems Engineering Foundation training dates as follows:
  • 7-8 January 2020
  • 21-22 April 2020
  • 30 June-1st July 2020
  • 15-16 September 2020
  • 24-25 November 2020

For those working towards the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) accreditation, we have a course specifically designed to prepare you to pass the examination by combining real-world scenarios with theory, presented in the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook, which will enable you to comfortably sit the INCOSE CSEP Certification.  Scheduled CSEP Preparation courses will be taking place in the UK on the following dates:
  • 10-14 February 2020
  • 18-22 May 2020
  • 20-24 July 2020
  • 12-16 October 2020
  • 14-18 December 2020
We have competitively priced training packages and offer discounts for multiple attendees.  For more information, or to read more about how systems engineering training can often result in overall increased competitiveness, visit:

Monday, 15 July 2019

SyntheSys Selected for Latest Government G-Cloud 11 Scheme

SyntheSys has been accepted onto the Government’s Digital Marketplace ‘G-Cloud 11’ Supplier List which further establishes our status as a supplier of Cloud-based software.

Many of us use ‘The Cloud’ every day without realising it, as it has enabled a plethora of internet-based shopping, social media, and Government services. For industry, the benefits of using the Cloud to execute software and systems engineering projects in a global 24/7 environment are significant.

Government frameworks are agreements between the Government and suppliers. Buying services through frameworks is faster and cheaper than entering into individual procurement contracts.  The G-Cloud framework was developed to ensure government bodies can access best-in-class Cloud solutions.  

G-Cloud 11 replaces G-Cloud 10 services in which SyntheSys also participated.  The G-Cloud supplier list is split into Cloud Hosting, Cloud Software and Cloud Support and we are proud to be fully represented in all three categories.

The United Kingdom (UK) Government G-Cloud is a well-respected scheme specifically aimed at easing procurement by departments of UK public-sector bodies.  To maintain high standards, only suppliers who meet a set level are considered for a place on the G-Cloud 11 framework agreement.  SyntheSys is able to call on years of experience in this field.

Crucially G-Cloud provides an easy way for clients to access leading engineering software tools and services, backed by key associated technical support and top-class training from our team.

To access more information on our Government G-Cloud involvement, or to speak to us about your cloud hosting, software or support requirements contact

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

SyntheSys Tactical Data Link (TDL) 2020 Training Dates Confirmed

In response to requests from our customers, we are pleased to publish our 2020 TDL Training schedule which includes a range of different training options to suit all levels and budgets from Link 16 through to our flagship Data Link Manager (DLM) / Interface Control Officer (ICO) course.

Maybe you are unsure of you or your team’s exact training requirement?  We offer a complimentary, impartial Training Needs Assessment where we will identify areas that personnel within your organisation may need to develop skills, knowledge or expertise to meet organisational objectives.
For more information, including a detailed overview of how you will benefit from attending, a look at what lessons you can expect to learn, and booking information visit:

If you would like to speak to one of our trainers about this course, or any other TDL training requirements, please email or telephone +44 (0) 1947 821 464

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

SyntheSys Gains Cyber Essentials Plus Certification

SyntheSys is delighted to have been recognised for its proficiency in Cyber Security, having attained the Cyber Essentials Plus certification.  Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats.

The certification provides a rigorous test of an organisation’s cyber security systems through detailed on-site vulnerability assessments carried out by independent cyber security experts.  In addition to the initial self-assessment, security checks against both internal devices and external facing systems are designed to ensure that IT security systems can withstand potential hacking and phishing attacks.

SyntheSys’ Operations Manager, Nikki Haynes, said: “It is widely recognised that today’s digital age poses an ever-changing cyber landscape and threat; which is why attaining both levels of Cyber Essentials has been an important aim for the company from the moment the scheme started.  

SyntheSys has always been committed to ensuring appropriate measures remain in place regarding our information security risk, as well as to meet ongoing contractual and supply chain needs.  Having started with Cyber Essentials, achieving the next level, Cyber Essentials Plus, demonstrates to our Customers that we have successfully implemented yet another tier of controls in our endeavours to combat these threats.  As the assessment included independent onsite testing to a recognised level, this offers an extra assurance and confidence to anyone working with us that we do indeed take the cyber threat seriously.’’

If you would like to hear more about the Cyber Essentials Plus certification, or the work we are doing in this area, contact

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

SyntheSys to attend Diginext Tactical Data Link & Simulation (TDL&S) Symposium

SyntheSys’ partnership with Diginext is built on a firm foundation of mutual value, collaboration and cutting-edge technology.  Having partnered with Diginext for almost a decade to deliver an unrivalled TDL test and simulation experience as part of our Multi-Link Test Facility (MLTF), we are thrilled to be attending this year’s TDL&S Symposium. The event will take place 04-06 June 2019, at the Diginext Corporate Headquarters in Aix-en-Provence, Southern France.

SyntheSys’ Programme Director, Mark Hudspeth, will be attending the event which is an opportunity to share best practices and insight whilst meeting other Diginext software users.

The 2019 event focuses on network-centric warfare and TDLs together with tactical simulation and collaborative training. We hope to see many operational users, colleagues, customers and partners there.

Friday, 29 March 2019

TDL Technology Issue 8: iSMART Document Suite Explained, TDL Standards and a Guest Article like no other!

The latest issue of TDL Technology magazine is out now.  Issue 8 is packed with industry news, best practice pieces and technical insights for the TDL Community.  Of course, not forgetting our ‘Free Resource’ for all readers. 

Get your free copy now to read more about:

  • The iSMART Document Suite Explained; What does iSMART provide? 
  • Guest Article; Gateway to Multi-Domain Command and Control - The E3-A Final Lifetime Extension Program
  • Demystifying Tactical Data Links; TDL Standard

You will also find details about how to access our Free E-Book – ‘A Guide to Choosing a TDL Capability’ which looks at a variety of different considerations when implementing a TDL. 
To read the digital issue, visit or contact to own a hard copy of the magazine. 

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

22nd NATO Tactical Data Link Symposium (NTDLS). Interoperability Testing – An Exploration of Different Ways of Leveraging the Benefits of your TDL Test Equipment

Interoperability testing often requires many different approaches and styles to meet a multitude of user needs.  SyntheSys’ Tactical Data Link (TDL) Testing Programme Director, Mark Hudspeth, will be attending NTDLS in Calpe, Spain, 1 – 4 April 2019 and looks forward to delivering a brief which explores the different ways of leveraging the benefits of your TDL test equipment.

If you are attending the event, and would like to discuss your TDL Testing programmes with a leader in the field, please contact to arrange a meeting with Mark. 

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Summer 2019 UK Tactical Data Link Training Date Confirmed - Gain a Deep Understanding of Both MIDS Link 16 and JREAP

By popular demand, SyntheSys is extending the 2019 Tactical Data Link (TDL) Training programme to include a Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Link 16 and Joint Range Extension Application Protocol (JREAP) training course.

The three-and-a-half-day course will be taking place in Lincoln, United Kingdom 16th - 19th July 2019 with two-and-a-half-days focus on MIDS Link 16 being immediately followed by a single day’s JREAP training.  The course is modular in approach and as such, delegates are invited to join the combined course, or tailor attendance based on training requirements.

The Link 16 element is primarily aimed at those personnel who require a balanced understanding of MIDS Link 16.  Consequently, the syllabus has been designed to cover both technical and operational employment of MIDS Link 16.  Students can expect to examine and study elements such as MIDS Architecture, Interoperability, Terminals & Block Upgrade 2, MIDS Initialisation / Synchronisation as well as Surveillance and Weapons Operations.

The JREAP element of the training explains the benefits of the JREAP protocol and also provides technical detail of how the system works.  The day starts with a basic introduction to JREAP and builds on this knowledge by examining Full Stack and Application Layer, JREAP messages and an overview of relevant standards.  The latter part of the course is practical in nature and utilises the Operational Tasking (OPTASK) Link JRE Segment 11.1; we will spend time operating the SAIC JRE Software.

The course has been designed to encompass both the NATO Allied Tactical Data Link Publications (ATDLPs) and the United States (US) Military Standards (MIL-STDs) documentation.  Furthermore, the course has utilised operator procedures detailed within both NATO ATDLP-7.33 and US Joint Multi-TADIL Operating Procedures (JMTOP) (Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Manual CJCSM 6120.01). 

Who Should Attend
  • Anyone with a need to expand their MIDS Link 16 and JREAP knowledge in theoretical and practical areas of technical specifications, planning, operations, troubleshooting and analysis.  The course may be especially beneficial for the following personnel:
  • Operators employed in Data Link Management Centres (Planners, Network Designers, Network Managers etc.) - gain a better understanding of TDL concepts
  • Operators utilising TDLs in operations or exercises (Airborne, Naval or Ground-based) - enhance your knowledge to improve your operational awareness
  • Managers responsible for the direction of TDL operations - improve your comprehension of the architectures under your command
  • Individuals responsible for the procurement of TDL systems - increase your understanding of the operator’s requirements
  • Members of industry who build and design TDL systems - better understand the needs of your customers

To book your place on this course, email 
or call +44(0) 1947 821 464