Thursday, 16 December 2021

Continued Success for Senior Administrator, Shelley Fisher – Lead Auditor and STEM Ambassador

Since joining the SyntheSys team in August, Senior Administrator, Shelley Fisher, has been taking big strides through her commitment to personal development.  It is with that in mind that we celebrate Shelley’s recent success having qualified as an ISO9001 Lead Auditor which led to certification as a Chartered Auditor.

The ISO9001 is a quality management system standard which helps organisations ensure that they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders, whilst meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to products or programmes.  Its general objective is to improve quality and we are continually committed to meeting the requirements of the certification.  Developing and nurturing skills and knowledge in this area enhances our commercial and social value.

Shelley is now a qualified Lead Auditor and can assess the capability and effectiveness of our own and our customers’ Quality Management System (QMS).

But it doesn’t end there.  Shelley’s background and efforts have led to her becoming a STEM Ambassador.  STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from a wide range of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) -related jobs across the UK and Shelley will be committing time to working in North East-based schools to promote STEM subjects.

Shelley commented

‘’Having worked in manufacturing and engineering environments for many years, certification and continued skills development has always been important to me, both professionally and personally.  The Lead Auditor qualification is a real ‘stake in the ground’ for both myself and SyntheSys.  Not only does it strengthen our own internal QMS processes, but it also means that we can consult for customer systems and procedures.

Becoming part of the STEM ambassador programme has been the icing on the cake and I am passionate about working with young people to promote these enriching subject areas.

I am also looking ahead to other qualifications in health, safety, and the environment.  That’s all whilst working towards The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) degree.’’

Well done to Shelley!

If you currently have challenges associated with your internal QMS or are looking to take a more formal approach to quality certification and would like to tap into Shelley’s expertise, please contact Shelley by emailing

Wednesday, 8 December 2021

SyntheSys’ Membership with the North East England Chamber of Commerce


Our focus on connecting with growing sector communities is a vital part of how we operate, and we view association memberships as being a critical piece of that puzzle, which is why we are pleased to share that we are now members of the North East England Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber supports businesses to grow their knowledge, influence and connectivity regionally, nationally and internationally.  Its aim is to create an environment where businesses in the North East of England thrive as a collective force.  They are a completely independent body owned by our members and work with businesses of all sizes and sectors.

For more information about North East England Chamber of Commerce, visit:

For more information about the different associations we are members of, visit:

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Training Success, Ramstein Air Base – Data Link Manager / Interface Control Officer Course

After an almost two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, we are happy to announce the successful completion of our Data Link Manager / Interface Control Officer (DLM/ICO) course, held at Ramstein Air Base from 1-19 November.

As the DLM/ICO is responsible for the entire Tactical Data Link (TDL) interface to include both planning and execution functions, it is critical the training scope is vast and comprehensive.  Over the course of three weeks North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) members from the Netherlands, Czech Republic, United States, Belgium, and Italy were provided with an in depth understanding of how to plan, build, interact and subsequently manage Multi TDL architectures. 

The course focused on providing students with a series of challenging learning outcomes using practical exercises, simulation and real-world operational software.  This interactive process promotes a cooperative learning environment, allowing each student to progress with confidence and a developed knowledge of each TDL.

Our next stop is Frederikshavn, Denmark, where we are again delivering our DLM/ICO course to a group of NATO personnel representing Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and the Netherlands.
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Friday, 12 November 2021

Training Success for NATO Integrated Multi-Link Facility – BU2, JTRS Upgrade and TNDS


Like many organisations, SyntheSys Defence responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with a schedule of online Tactical Data Link (TDL) training, to which we were overwhelmed with the response.  Whilst online delivery presents a flexible alternative, we are pleased to be back in front of customers delivering COVID-safe classroom training.

Our latest classroom course has taken us to the NATO Air Base at Geilenkirchen where Tony Castle and James Norful recently presented a 3-day training event for the Integrated Multilink Facility (IMF).  The course, which was attended by IMF personnel, and the Belgian Network Design Facility, trained students on both theoretical and practical aspects of the Block Upgrade 2 (BU2) and Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) upgrades, and the implications for Network Design in respect to the Tactical Network Design Station (TNDS).

Tony commented:

‘‘We would like to thank DXC for their support in the delivery of this training.  We are very pleased to be back in the classroom and have received positive feedback from the delegates.’’

Our next stop is Ramstein Air Base, where we are delivering our Data Link Manager/Interface Control Officer course to a group of NATO and United States (US) personnel.

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Monday, 1 November 2021

TDL Technology Magazine Issue 12 Out Now – A 3CDSE special and introducing SyntheSys’ Innovation… Synapse


We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of TDL Technology magazine is now available – packed full of articles for the Tactical Data Link (TDL) industry.

With so much happening throughout the defence landscape, there has never been a better time to bring new products and services to this evolving marketplace and it is with that in mind that we introduce Issue 12.

For programme teams and organisations navigating the challenges of integration and interoperability testing, and training, We are thrilled to introduce our latest innovation, Synapse, which improves platform and operator performance by ensuring standards conformance is built into your command and mission system test and training programmes.
The SyntheSys Defence team will be exhibiting at the upcoming Three Counties Defence and Security Expo (3CDSE) as part of the Make UK Pavilion and this issue contains an event showcase for those attending, on Pages 7-10.

We extend our personal thanks to Jorge Pereira from EUROCONTROL for contributing an informative and enjoyable article on Page 13 exploring military avionics’ access to hyper connected air traffic management.

Finally, we would love to hear from you!  Have you got something to shout about?  A burning question to ask, or a topic you are passionate about and would like the opportunity to share your thoughts.  We are inviting members of the TDL & related communities to contribute to a TDL Technology industry forum for our next issue which is dedicated to you.  If you are interested in contributing to this industry magazine, please start the conversation by emailing

Friday, 15 October 2021

SyntheSys Technologies Welcomes Matt Hirschfield to the Team


During an exciting time of growth, SyntheSys Technologies is thrilled to welcome Matt Hirschfield to the technical team.  Matt joins us as a Principal Engineer and brings depth of knowledge around our IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Management portfolio offering.

Matt has a strong engineering background with his most recent experience sitting within the Aerospace industry where he worked to administer the IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Management tool suites for multiple projects with an emphasis on Requirements Engineering.  Matt’s work will centre around customer deployment, maintenance, training, and project enhancement. 

Matt is a proud father and loves the outdoors, particularly enjoying running, cycling, and walking to keep fit.  He has interests in music and photography.

If you would like to discuss your current engineering development projects, or perhaps you have a specific technical question relating to the IBM® Engineering products and tools that you would like to put to Matt, please contact us by email: or telephone:  +44 (0)1947 821464.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

SyntheSys Defence Delivers Further Tactical Data Link Testing Services

Our latest success with United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence

The testing of complex systems and data interfaces does not come without its challenges. As platform exchange requirements become more integrated, complex and specialist, it is vital that Tactical Data Link (TDL) test initiatives are robust, accurate and effective. 

Which is why we are pleased to announce that SyntheSys Defence has been selected to provide further assistance to the Lightweight & Medium Attack Systems Project Team (LMAS PT) on the UK Select Precision Effects At Range (SPEAR) Capability 3 (SC3) Development Phase Programme.  TDL Subject Matter Expertise (SME) and simulation support will be provided to independently test and assess the maturity of the MBDA-developed Network Enabled Weapon (NEW) Link 16 Test Tool based at their Filton site in Bristol. SyntheSys’ mobile TDL simulation suite will be deployed to test the interaction of specific Link 16 exchanges with the NEW capability. 

SyntheSys Defence Operations Director, Mark Hudspeth commented: 

“Our involvement in UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) testing programmes allows us to deliver relevant testing services to the defence market as we adapt to evolving requirements.  Our specialist services contribute to enhanced situational awareness whilst creating confidence in overall MOD programme delivery.  We are delighted to be working with the SPEAR 3 team again and are confident that these crucial services will play a part in the future success of the programme.” 

If testing TDL Interoperability is presenting challenges within your organisation, or you would like to learn more about how we can bring confidence within your testing programmes whilst reducing overall costs, visit: or contact Mark at: 

SyntheSys secured the contract as part of a competitive tender process through the Engineering Delivery Partner (EDP) programme being delivered by The Aurora Engineering Partnership.

The EDP programme is the established default route for contracted engineering services for DE&S and is available for use by the wider MOD community.  It is a collaborative, progressive and agile programme that accesses the right skills, expertise and resources to ensure the UK’s Armed Forces and Front-Line Commands receive the best equipment and support. EDP provides capacity and capability across all service areas and focuses on output-based and longer-term outcomes to maximise efficiencies, operational performance, and innovation.  EDP is delivered by the Aurora Engineering Partnership. QinetiQ, Atkins and BMT have joined forces to form The Aurora Engineering Partnership. This brings together considerable cross-sector and non-defence experience, supported by a world class provider network of specialist providers.  All parties committed to implementing longer-term, output-based programmes for engineering services over the 10-year contract

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Join us at the Region’s Chemical-Processing Sector Event of the Year – Find us at Stand 27


Returning to Wynyard Hall’s Grand Marquee on Wednesday 20th October 2021.

With a dozen successful dates under its belt, and attracting more than 600 guests, North East Process Industry Cluster’s (NEPIC) annual Meet the Members Conference and Exhibition is a stand-out event for the region.

Packed with chemical-processing sector investment project updates and networking opportunities that are second to none, this flagship event is attended by investors, manufacturers, and suppliers from across North East England’s chemical-processing sector and beyond.

We look forward to welcoming members of the community to our stand. If you would like to talk to us about our attendance or earmark some time for a 1-2-1 discussion with us, contact

For more information about the event, visit;  About | NEPIC Meet the Members

Friday, 3 September 2021

SyntheSys Technologies to Exhibit at the INCOSE Annual Systems Engineering Conference (ASEC) 2021

The Annual Systems Engineering Conference is the United Kingdom (UK’s) premier Systems Engineering event, attracting a wide range of industry, academic, and government professionals and is an event that we have taken great pride in supporting over the years.

In continuing this effort, we are thrilled to confirm that we will be exhibiting at the 2021 event where our technical staff will be on-hand to meet with members of the systems engineering community.  The event takes place at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds on 23rd & 24th November 2021.

We are also pleased to be featuring as part of the plenary programme where we will be briefing on what we hope will be a thought-provoking paper entitled ‘More Than the Sum of Parts: Agile Delivery in a System-of-Systems Context’.

We look forward to welcoming members of the community to our stand and supporting presentation.  If you would like to talk to us about our attendance or earmark some time for a 1-2-1 discussion with us, contact

For general information about ASEC, visit:

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

SyntheSys Defence Set to Exhibit at 3CDSE – Find us at the MAKE UK Defence Pavilion


We firmly believe that forming strong relationships across the defence community is a cornerstone of how we operate, which is why we are thrilled to announce that we will be exhibiting at the upcoming Three Counties Defence and Security Expo (3CDSE) event.

This flagship event takes place at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern on 3rd & 4th November 2021.  We will be participating in the MAKE UK Defence pavilion on day two of the event – 4th November.

Initiated by the Three Counties Defence & Security Group (3CDSG), 3CDSE is a unique showcase of innovative defence and security SMEs.  The show brings together senior military leaders, senior police engaged in the fight against cyber-crime, the intelligence and security agencies, and the industry innovators who supply them, to identify future strategies and needs.

SyntheSys’ background is in military communications’ systems that provide comprehensive real-time information, including intelligence, situational awareness, targeting, reconnaissance, intelligence, command and control, with our specialism rooted in Tactical Data Links (TDLs).  We will be on-hand to demonstrate our interoperability assurance capability and best-in-class testing tools.

If you are visiting the show expo, we would be thrilled to welcome you to our booth.  If you would like to schedule a meeting during the show to discuss how our defence systems engineering, testing, interoperability, and sustainment services can improve your current defence programmes, contact us via

To learn more about the event, visit: