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

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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.