Wednesday, 12 August 2015

SyntheSys Commended whilst Supporting the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) United Kingdom (UK) Interoperability (IO) Trials Programme

Our clients come to us because we enable them to solve common testing challenges in a cost effective way.  The UK MoD is the latest customer to benefit from our unrivalled IO test facility.  The F-35 Lightning II JSF recently participated in the UK IO Trials Programme Event 6, part of an ongoing series of IO test events, designed to test the F-35 mission system tactical data IO with other UK platforms.  The UK IO Trials Programme uses a realistic simulation environment to connect UK Operational Facilities (OPFAC) over a secure wide area network.

In a simulated amphibious operations scenario, UK and US Navy pilots operated the F-35 mission system using Lockheed-built desktop simulators at BAE Systems’ UK Samlesbury site.

This event benefited from upgraded briefing/debriefing facilities at Samlesbury, which made for a more interactive and engaging test event, as evidenced by the comments and feedback received from the MoD customers and stakeholders:

“We very much appreciated the insight to the conduct of the experimentation and we were very impressed at the expansion and enhancements to your facility.”

“Through the event we are starting to see the advantages of digital control (C2)…….. We now need to grip Link 16 capability and push digital control forward.”

“The UK IO Trials Programme is delivering tangible and significant results…….. The Phase 1 Findings report has been well received in MoD and is extremely valuable.”

“The RNAS Culdrose Station Commander was mightily impressed with what he saw (from the Sea King lab) and …………plans to attend the next event.”

The scenario saw the F-35 successfully connected with the Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control (SKASaC) helicopter OPFAC at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose and the Type 45 Daring-class destroyer OPFAC at Portsdown Technology Park (PTP).  SyntheSys was responsible for establishing and maintaining the data exchange mechanism used in support of the SKASaC and Type 45 participation.

A total of three UK sites were networked together with exchange of Tactical Data between the participating platforms achieved by emulating Tactical Data exchange equipment and mechanisms.  The SKASaC and Type 45 OPFACs used the UK Multi-Link Test Facility (MLTF) equipment that enables tactical data exchange between real platform equipment, including Link 16 and radar scenario data, and the other platform desktop simulators.

SyntheSys provides the MLTF capability to the UK MoD, operating and supporting it for all Tactical Data Interoperability testing needs.  Use of the MLTF equipment in this event supports the UK MoD’s verification programme for ensuring the F-35 is interoperable with the existing and future UK inventory.
Connecting the F-35 facility at BAES Samlesbury to other UK platforms using real Tactical Data exchange equipment and MLTF, for example the UK Sentry E-3D and Sentinel aircraft, allows validation of the F-35 IO capability.  In addition, it could also support the reverse principle of confirming the IO of other coalition partner platforms, potentially from all over the world, with the F-35.

For more information about our Testing Services, download the information sheet [here]. 

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Prepare for the INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Practitioner (CSEP) Exam with SyntheSys’ Accredited Course

It is no secret that passing the CSEP examination is no mean feat.  With 376 pages of literature to acquaint yourself with followed by a two hour examination, it’s clear that proper preparation is the key to success.  SyntheSys’ 4 day CSEP Preparation course equips you with the knowledge and experience to be able to define, analyse and apply sound Systems Engineering theory in preparation for the Systems Engineering Practitioner examination.

Presented by a fully accredited, qualified CSEP instructor, the course examines the role and benefits of applying Systems Engineering principles within your organisation.  The course combines real-world scenarios with theory presented in the INCOSE Systems Engineering handbook to provide you with a unique learning experience focused on the examinable content.

On successfully completing the course, you will be able to confidently sit the CSEP examination by demonstrating:

  •   An understanding of the significance of the CSEP certification;
  •  How to apply themes and processes from the INCOSE Systems Engineering handbook;
  • An understanding of common industry terms and how to apply these in order to enrich communication;
  •   Define and recognise the part Systems Engineering plays within your organisation;
  •   Understand the different elements of the system development process;
  •   Apply the knowledge you gain to your day to day role.

For further information on this course including course schedule and other useful resources download the information sheet here or contact

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Places still available for our October VMF Course

SyntheSys has been requested to provide a VMF training course at which there are some spare places available.  The course will be held at Branston Hall Hotel, near Lincoln, UK, between 6-8 Oct 15.  As well as expert tuition, all delegates will receive both printed and electronic copies of the training materials, a copy of the “Introduction to VMF” manual, an attendance certificate plus lunch.  If you wish to receive more information please contact us at or call +44 (0)1947 821464.