Monday, 28 October 2019

Issue 9 of SyntheSys’ TDL Technology Magazine Available Now

Read the latest issue of our TDL Technology magazine to gain insight, best practice and knowledge around current and future Tactical Data Link (TDL) sustainment and development.

In this latest issue, we feature an article from Viasat which explores the Link 16 evolution and Viasat’s proactive approach to improving vital warfighters.  We compliment this with the third in the ‘Demystifier’ series which tackles the development of TDLs by giving a chronologically ordered comparison of four major TDL systems – Link 11A, Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Link 16, Variable Message Format (VMF) and Link 22.

We offer a copy of our updated TDL Comparison Table which now incorporates MIDS Block Upgrade 2/Joint Tactical Radio System (BU2/JTRS) Link 16 information and we continue to use the magazine to share industry news, which can be found in our news digest on Page 10.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

A Message from our Managing Director: Welcome to SyntheSys Technologies

In direct response to the increased demand for our systems engineering services, I am delighted to announce that we have recently undergone a restructure as part of a strategic shift to consolidate and extend our systems engineering business.  The restructure sees the merging of the former SyntheSys Direct and SyntheSys Systems Engineering companies to form ‘SyntheSys Technologies’.

SyntheSys Technologies is led by Mark Williamson and provides systems engineering services, products and training across a variety of industry sectors and now handles all licensing, transactional and technical matters connected with engineering services and software sales.

In this exciting time of expansion, I would also like to introduce our new SyntheSys Technologies Client Engagement Team who will ensure that the service we deliver to our customers is of the highest quality.  The Client Engagement Team will assist our customers with our products and services and will deal with all customer enquiries.

The team comprises a mixture of highly experienced technical, business development and administration staff working together to ease pains whilst creating gains for customers.  I am confident the new Client Engagement Team will make a positive impact on our new and existing customers by helping organisations to unlock the value of Tool-Supported Systems Engineering.

For sales, services and technical enquiries:

Finally, may I thank our loyal customers, suppliers and other stakeholders for their valued interest and support to date.  We look forward to working with you in the future.

John S Hartas

Friday, 18 October 2019

Roland Kemp to Attend the International Data Link Symposium (IDLS) 2019 in Edinburgh 28th – 31st October

As IDLS 2019 draws closer, we would like to announce that Roland Kemp will be representing SyntheSys at the event.  Roland is a highly experienced Tactical Data Link (TDL) and former Dutch Patriot operator.  Roland served for 37 years in the Dutch Armed Forces, during which time he was responsible for training crews on the Patriot Information Coordination Centre (ICC) at the Group Operations Centre.  Roland looks forward to attending an array of interesting briefs in addition to meeting with members of the TDL community.  

If you would like to arrange a time to meet with Roland during the event to discuss TDL training, testing or interoperability, please contact

Monday, 7 October 2019

SyntheSys’ Services Go Live on the Digital Outcomes and Specialists 4 (DOS4) Framework

We are delighted to announce that SyntheSys’ services are now available through the Government’s Crown Commercial Services DOS4 register.  Organisations can apply to offer their eligible services in the digital space to government teams via the framework.  SyntheSys services can be found under the ‘Digital Specialists’ category.

Members listed via the Crown website undergo extensive vetting to establish their suitability and reliability which ensures government departments have access to the best-in-class vendors. The DOS4 scheme gives public sector teams easy access to our Systems Engineering tools, training and consultancy services.

For more information about the Crown Commercial Services visit:

If you would like to discuss our specific services, please do not hesitate to contact or visit

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Whitby Youngsters Impress Once Again in the SyntheSys’ Sponsored STEM Challenge

We believe that inspiring young talent to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines is vital in ensuring that high-growth markets secure the right skills and competencies to drive future innovation.  These fields are the key building blocks to securing Britain’s future thriving economy and place in vital global markets.
Once again, SyntheSys is thrilled to have sponsored the annual STEM Challenge, which aims to give talented youngsters from Caedmon College the opportunity to impress by putting contemporary challenges and themes in the spotlight.  The challenge tasks students with researching their chosen subject to produce an informative paper on key findings, which they then deliver as a presentation to a panel of internal and external judges.
Our congratulations go out to all students who participated in the challenge, including winners as follows:
Key Stage 4:
  • Rebecca Morgan:  Humans Need Not Apply - The Future of Automation
  • Alexander Harrison Gaze:  Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation

Key Stage 3:
  • Conner Betts, Josh Harland, Alex Young:  Marine Energy
  • Josh Trowsdale, Liam Hutchinson, Jake Stephenson:  Black Holes
  • Neve Barnard:  Dark Matter
  • Charlotte Crossland:  Cryptography

Winners received Amazon vouchers which were presented to Key Stage 3 winners at a ‘celebration of learning’ assembly. Alexander and Rebecca visited the SyntheSys head office at St Hilda's Business Centre to deliver their presentations to SyntheSys HQ staff.
SyntheSys’ Managing Director and STEM Challenge judge, Dr John Hartas, said: ‘‘This challenge is no mean feat, which is why I have been blown away by the standard of submissions.  Students with ages from 13-15 deal with complex subjects that can be difficult for even adults to comprehend.   Whilst this challenge was originally designed to inspire students, it’s had the unforeseen impact of inspiring and educating myself, my team and teachers also.’’
Mrs Kirsty Brown, Head of Business Studies at the college added ‘'The challenge has proven to be a great way to inspire students to take responsibility for their learning. It ignited a passion within the students that diverted them from academic pressures, and resulted in some excellent pieces of work from all entries’’
For more information contact

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

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: