Monday, 18 June 2018

SyntheSys’ Social Media Presence is Changing – Stay in the Loop!

Dear Friends,

We would like to announce that we are making some changes to how we communicate with our valued Social Media followers.  We are confident that these changes will allow us to concentrate on sharing content and insights through the channels which you tell us are most used and valued. 

The recent growth we have seen across each of our individual business areas (Defence, Systems Engineering, Direct and Software) means that the topical demand for content is diverse, and we would like to serve our social communities more effectively by making the following improvements.

Company updates and valuable content across all of our business groups can now be seen via our LinkedIn Company page.  If you do not already follow us through LinkedIn, please follow our SyntheSys LinkedIn company page here.  Thereafter, following our Business Group showcase pages will tailor the types of updates you see from us, as follows:

  • For those who operate in a Defence arena, or who are interested in Tactical Data Link (TDL) sustainment, training and interoperability, please follow our SyntheSys Defence Showcase page here:
  • For those who operate in a more generalised Systems Engineering environment and would like to see useful advice and best practices around areas such as Collaborative Life cycle Management, Requirements Managements and Verification and Validation, please follow our SyntheSys Systems Engineering Showcase page here:
  • For those who use Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) software to support your Systems and Software Development processes, and would like to hear more about tool supported Systems Engineering, please follow our SyntheSys Direct Showcase page here:
  • For those who develop software products and would like to keep up to date with the SyntheSys Software group, please follow our SyntheSys Software Showcase page here:
We would like to thank our valued customers, colleagues and friends for your loyal support in sharing and engaging with our Facebook and Twitter content over the years, and hope that this new approach will benefit the communities we aim to serve.

Kind Regards,

John S Hartas 
Managing Director

Friday, 16 March 2018

Issue 6 of TDL Technology magazine is now available – marking 30 years of success for the company

Our cover feature marks SyntheSys’ journey through the Tactical Data Link (TDL) environment over the past 30 years with an account from SyntheSys’ Managing Director, John S Hartas.  It certainly took us on a trip down memory lane. 

We continue to offer complementary space in our ‘Community Forum’ and in this issue we feature an article from Viasat and Alan Gore, Link and Communication Chief Engineer at Swedish F√∂rsvarets Materielverk (FMV).  We are thrilled that this area of the magazine is gaining traction.

Get your free copy now to read more about:

  • Next Generation Tactical Data Link Systems Engineering Tools - Page 8.
  • Viasat’s Multi Channel Link 16 Terminal - Page 10.
  • Ask the Trainer: Why and How is Variable Message Format (VMF) so Adaptable? - Page 14.
Most of our subscribers are aware that we offer a free resource in each issue; we are confident our latest resource will not disappoint.  We are extending access to our Capabilities and Limitations (Caps and Lims) Database which provides a myriad of facts about countries’ platforms and TDLs.  This is available via our Defence Community Portal which can be accessed via

To read the digital issues and subscribe to receive future e-magazines visit

Please let us know if you would like to receive a free hard copy by emailing

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

SyntheSys to Attend the NATO Tactical Data Link Symposium (NTDLS) 2018

SyntheSys will be attending NTDLS 2018 which will be taking place in Calpe, Spain on the 19th - 22nd March 2018.  NTDLS gives us the opportunity to talk to the community about how to adopt evolving Tactical Data Link (TDL) technologies, whilst solving challenges with legacy TDL technology.  We look forward to seeing members of the community at this event.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

SyntheSys Delivers Variable Message Format (VMF) over Combat Net Radio (CNR) Training to Airbus Defence & Space

SyntheSys Defence is delighted to announce it has recently delivered another two and half day VMF over CNR training course.  During day one, the course initially explored the history, basic features and operational users of VMF before progressing on to K-Series messages and their functional use.  The relevant United States (US) Military Standards were then introduced with focus on the mandated US/United Kingdom (UK) header.  On the second day, the attention at first switched to CNR and the many technical aspects, with emphasis on Types of Service and Network Access Control.  The second day concluded with the key VMF planning and network design parameters.  Finally, on day three Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) Block 1 & 2 Engineering Change Proposals were discussed in detail.

All students provided a feedback score of Excellent and identified that their top learning outcome from the course was the realisation of the potential complexities of both VMF and CNR interoperability.  Paul Czajkowski who presented the course said, “It’s extremely rewarding that those who attend our training courses, develop their knowledge of the subject so quickly and whilst doing so actually enjoy the experience!”

To find out more about SyntheSys Defence and how we can support you, email

Thursday, 11 January 2018

SyntheSys starts the New Year on a high having attained IBM® Gold Business Partner Status.

SyntheSys is delighted to announce that we have attained IBM® Gold Business Partner status in the Watson IoT™ Continuous Engineering Competency.  Achieving the Gold Status is no mean feat, and is something we are extremely proud of having gone through a series of stages and assessments to demonstrate our expert knowledge of IBM® tools, how satisfied our IBM® licence customers are, and our ability to reach new customers.

The partner status was achieved following our restructure during 2017, which saw the formation of a new associate group, SyntheSys Direct.  The group handles all licensing, transactional and technical matters connected with software distribution and is led by Managing Director, Su Ross.
Su comments ‘’2017 has been a momentous year for us, so to come into the New Year on such a high note only adds to the positivity we have for 2018.  For us, achieving Gold status has always been about ensuring we are consistently developing our business in a way which benefits and adds value to our customers.  We feel there is no better ‘stamp of approval’ than IBM® awarding us with Gold status.  We will continue to assist our customers to achieve success in their new and existing development projects by continuing to deliver flexible software and solution options, unrivalled consultancy services and unique training packages.’’

Software licence sales is just one element of what we do here at SyntheSys, our offerings stretch much further than deployment of technology.  We facilitate organisations to be able to develop and implement sound management and software & systems development strategies that cut capital investment costs related to Information Technology (IT) purchases.  Our consultancy services are always job-specific and we offer advice on best-practice application of IBM Watson IoT™ tools to real-world development projects.  Our support services include deployment, training, maintenance, and enhancements.  We offer a service where we will work as part of a project team and complete integration, management and development work on behalf of customers.

We welcome discussions around your current and future development projects to understand where SyntheSys Direct can be of assistance and how we may be able to service your development software requirements.  Please contact Su on +44 (0) 7484 915743 or visit the SyntheSys Direct website at

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

New VMF Course Hits the Airwaves

In a fast-moving training environment, both operators and engineers need to recognise and subsequently educate themselves as to the latest developments and enhancements. Here at SyntheSys Defence we recognise the importance of this and ensure our training courses provide the most comprehensive learning possible.  Accordingly, we are pleased to announce our new 2.5-day VMF training course which will provide students with both technical and operational instruction on VMF over a Combat Net Radio (CNR) bearer.

The course references US MIL-STD, NATO ATDLPs and UK specification documentation, as well as other technical and operational directives, such as the operational usage of VMF over CNR.  In particular, the course focuses on the VMF Message set and syntax as described in MIL-STD-6017B, the Application Header defined in MIL-STD-2045-47001D Change 1, and the CNR Bearer protocols identified in MIL-STD-188-220D Change 1.  Discussion on the latest revisions of the document set then follows.

Interoperability between systems is discussed in depth, as well as the operational use of VMF. Furthermore, the course has utilised operator procedures detailed within the US Joint Multi-TADIL Operating Procedures. Each student will receive a copy of each of our highly regarded VMF and CNR Handbooks.  These handbooks provide excellent in-depth detail and instruction on both subjects, and act as a valuable reference.

Training Manager Paul Czajkowski said ‘Our VMF training course provides a balanced approach. We recognise that the requirements of the operational community, compared to that of engineers can, on many occasions, be very different.  Our flexible approach ensures we incorporate as many learning styles as possible, according to the role of those attending the course.  The VMF course includes subjects such as message set and syntax, CNR bearer protocols, VMF Planning, Network Access Control, through to Digitally Aided Close Air Support Block 1 & 2 Engineering Change Proposals.’

For further detail, download the information sheet here, or to receive a full syllabus, contact or call +44 (0) 1947 821 464. 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

SyntheSys’ Latest Training Newsletter Available Now

The Christmas 2017 edition of our training newsletter is available now for you to read hereIt’s a fact that 2017 has been a great year for our varied and interesting courses, the newsletter gives an insight into what our training team has been up to whilst giving details of what we have in store for 2018.

Friday, 17 November 2017

SyntheSys announces 2018 Systems Engineering Training dates

Following the overwhelming interest we have had during 2017 for our systems engineering training, we are delighted to announce that we have confirmed our dates for our 2018 courses.

Whether you are completely new to systems engineering processes, or are studying for certification, our courses equip you to take the next step in your career as a systems engineer.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Copies of TDL Technology Magazine Issue 5 are winging their way to subscribers across the globe - but you can access the magazine online first!

With a handy Tactical Data Link Interoperability Test (TDLIOT) Initiative Help Sheet, as well as useful Technical Knowledge Bank articles, Issue 5 is not to be missed.  We continue to feature articles from key personnel within the industry as part of our Community Forum section and have a brand-new feature for this latest issue.

In this issue:
  • In the News - Consolidation of Defence and TDL news pieces from around the globe.
  • Bundeswehr – Lt. Col. Volker Schaaf talks TIMBER EXPRESS.
  • JREAP Vs SIMPLE – Understand the difference.
  • Ask the Trainer – The exchange of MODE S and MODE 5 over MIDS Link 16 and its impact.
Don’t forget the Community Forum is open to all readers to voice opinions, share best practices, ask a question, or simply communicate interesting news with our readers.  Do not hesitate to contact us with any ideas you may have for articles.

TDL Technology is completely FREE to read.  Prefer to flick through the pages?  We will happily send you a copy, simply email

Thank you for your continued support,

The TDL Technology Team 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

SyntheSys will be attending the International Data Links Symposium (IDLS) 2017 in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 30 October to 2 November.

Consultant Kevin Farquhar and Training Manager Paul Czajkowski (Ski) will be running a MIDS Link 16 & Link 22 Network Design Workshop Training Day on 30 October.

They will also be giving some interesting and apt presentations throughout the event including ‘TDLs in Coalition - Truly one team, one fight?’, ‘Multi-TDL Planning’ and ‘Network Management’.

One of the key advantages of IDLS is the spontaneous, ad hoc networking that takes place among the delegates.  Kevin said: “Ski and I are really looking forward to attending IDLS.  It will be the perfect opportunity to meet new and established contacts and customers.”

If you would like to arrange a time to speak to our staff, contact