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

Thursday, 28 February 2019

BOOKING NOW OPEN: Data Link Manager (DLM) / Interface Control Officer (ICO) Course taking place 10 – 28 June 2019 in Halmstad, Sweden.

Are you part of a Data Link Management Cell, or perhaps a Multi-Tactical Data Link (TDL) Network Planner or Designer?  Are you involved in TDL sustainment, TDL procurement or multi-TDL Evaluation?  If so, our DLM/ICO course is designed to provide working knowledge to personnel whose role it is to plan, build, manage, interact, develop and engage in Multi-Tactical Data Link Architectures and operations.

At the request of the Swedish Joint Data Link Operations Cell (JDLOC), SyntheSys will be presenting a further 15-day Data Link Manager/Interface Control Officer (DLM/ICO) Training Course at the Technical Training School in Halmstad, Sweden between 10th and 28th June 2019.

The DLM/ICO course is designed to catapult individuals with little or no knowledge of TDL and associated responsibilities to a stage where they can successfully and efficiently carry out their duties.  The course provides students with a fundamental understanding of various TDLs, then, using state of the art simulation tools practically applies this knowledge to real-world scenarios.  The DLM/ICO course is based on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and United States (US) documentation fused with instructor experience.  The course relies on practical exercises and assignments which gives a working understanding of course concepts.

Those with a need to expand their TDL knowledge in theoretical and practical areas of technical specifications, planning, operations, troubleshooting and analysis would benefit from attending this course.  Operational, management and procurement staff are routinely welcomed on the course, as are members of the industry who may be looking to build and design TDL systems.

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

Monday, 18 February 2019

OptimiSE Magazine is Back!

We were so excited about the response from the first, special edition of OptimiSE Magazine that we decided to produce another one!  Our thanks go out to the many of you who subscribed and provided such positive feedback.  Our second issue is now available and includes the following articles
  • Functional and Non-Functional Requirements - page 6
  • Guest Article: OMG SysML™ Model Based Systems Engineering in a nutshell - page 8
  • Supporting Network Rail IT: Assisting the Upgrade - page 12

Courtesy of IBM®, we are offering readers a free copy of the ‘Systems Engineering for Dummies’ E-Book.  This clear and concise foundation level publication is a key resource to add to any desktop or company library.  A useful resource for those new to Systems Engineering or those looking for a handy reference.  See page 14.

To read the free online version and to subscribe to future issues, please visit: or if you would prefer to receive a free hard copy, contact

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 Systems Engineering community to contribute articles.  If you are interested in contributing to OptimiSE magazine, please contact Sarah Thomas:

Thursday, 14 February 2019

SyntheSys is delighted to have been accepted to join the Provider Network for the Aurora Engineering Partnership

SyntheSys is delighted to have been accepted to join the Provider Network for the Aurora Engineering Partnership, who have been appointed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) as their Engineering Delivery Partner (EDP) for Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). The partnership – formed by QinetiQ, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, and BMT – will help the MOD to reduce costs of their engineering services, while ensuring the UK’s Armed Forces receive the best equipment and support. SyntheSys has been a long-standing supplier of engineering support to the MOD. We look forward to future opportunities to provide specialist knowledge and support solutions to the Aurora Engineering Partnership.

Monday, 21 January 2019

United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence (MOD) selects SyntheSys, and its partners, to provide Tactical Data Link (TDL) Problem Evaluation Services

SyntheSys is thrilled to announce that we have been selected to deliver Problem Evaluation Services (PES) for UK TDL Terminals and associated platforms for the UK MOD.  SyntheSys teams with C3 Systems Consulting (C3SC) and Mandalorian Security Services (MSS) to provide a unique solution to a complex requirement.  

The contract aims to identify, investigate and resolve interoperability issues across named TDL and associated platforms whilst supporting the Link 16 sustainment program to implement JTRS Terminals.  On behalf of Situational Awareness Command & Control (SACC) DT, SyntheSys will be providing a powerful team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to identify problems in achieving effective interoperability.

The initial 12-month contract will see the SyntheSys project team develop, maintain and implement an effective problem resolution mechanism, provide expert TDL advice and recommendation, and support TDL communities through various meetings.  Of significance is the Cyber Security directives which include various Cyber Vulnerability Investigations (CVI) amongst other detailed cyber testing and assessment activities.

SyntheSys’ Managing Director, John Hartas, comments:
‘’Whilst SyntheSys has provided TDL support to UK MOD for over 20 years, this contract win is a significant stake in the ground for us in terms of working with customers to deliver Cyber Security services in a TDL domain and we are delighted to be teaming with C3CS and MSS to provide an unrivalled depth of experience and knowledge.  This is another great example of where our extensive experience of delivering TDL Interoperability Assurance and assessment programmes globally ensures we continue to add unique value to customers in the TDL market.’’  

Friday, 18 January 2019

Webinar Invitation for those Working in the Travel and Transportation Industry

SyntheSys and IBM® are helping teams effectively manage the complexities of developing smart, connected products by using powerful tools to enhance and support the systems and software development life cycle. In the cloud or on-premises, IBM Watson Internet of Things (IBM Watson IoT™) solutions help Systems Engineers and Software Developers to deliver against requirements, respond efficiently to change and create high-quality designs faster - all whilst controlling development costs and meeting compliance needs.

We are thrilled to be collaborating with IBM® to deliver a 1-hour technical webinar which will give delegates an overview of the toolset whilst informing on best practices for the industry. This webinar presents the case around why and how organisations should manage requirements, govern change and test extensively when developing smart products.

Engineers from all functional disciplines, including Senior Managers, Project Managers and team members will find this webinar useful. Those developing complex products (including software) and services within the Travel & Transportation industry will benefit from understanding the tools.

For more information and to register to attend, visit: